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SIAPO

Faapito Lesatele, Faamuli Salu, Tamasailau Lemuelu with their siapo
Meet three generations of siapo craftswomen in Palauli, Samoa: 48-year-old Faapito Lesatele, 79-year-old Faamuli Salu and 21-year-old Tamasailau Lemuelu. Tamasailau works alongside her two mentors, her mother and grandmother. The family paints siapo cloth with a sharpened pandanus fruit for a brush...
   Artist Regina Meredith-Fitiao (2nd from left) of ASCC, with her husband Su’a Uilisone Fitiao of Pacific Horizons School, giving a siapo workshop at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The workshop was for the benefit of museum professionals responsible for the care of historic siapo in their collections.  [courtesy photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place is an ongoing, three-year interdisciplinary project currently underway at Scotland’s University of Glasgow. The project aims to find out more about the materials, history, uses and contemporary practice of making barkcloth,...