Ikon Tapa – Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific
Tapa – Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific

1st May - 14th Jul 2013

Throughout the Pacific Islands, much traditional cloth has been made from the beating of tree bark. Often worn or taking on ceremonial significance, its decoration is extraordinary, with patterns that are enjoyed for their abstraction as much as symbolism. Curated by Nicholas Thomas, material for this exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, dating from the 18th century – including barkcloths obtained through the voyages of Captain Cook – until the present day.