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jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

September 25, 2007
10:27 AM

Post #4014670

Shari
How informative! So many wonderful old art forms are being lost today, thanks for highlighting and preserving this one. Very well writen!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


September 25, 2007
1:10 PM

Post #4014988

I loved it too...glad I got back when it was on the home page...I've been AWOL for a few days...cable has been out.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 25, 2007
2:17 PM

Post #4015197

How fascinating! I saw these pieces in Hawaii, but had no idea all the prep work involved. Talk about patience... I hope the ancient arts like this one will continue to be brought through the generations. Thanks!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 25, 2007
3:25 PM

Post #4015437

Thanks to you my education broadens everyday. Appreciate all the research that you put into the article.
spidra
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 25, 2007
4:45 PM

Post #4015697

I've long known of tapa/kapa cloth but didn't know as many details as you give. Thanks!
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

September 25, 2007
5:37 PM

Post #4015839

What a great article Shari - when my DS and DDIL were travelling in the South Pacific a few years back, they purchased a tiny square of tapa cloth to remember their honeymoon. It's hung in their bedroom and is lovely.

What an incredible skill these masters have!!

Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

September 25, 2007
8:15 PM

Post #4016292

Thank you all for the kind words. I work with the Micronesian Handicraft Shop here on Kwaj as a buyer. One of the most satisfying aspects of our shop is that we are encouraging the ancient arts of carving and weaving to be passed on to the next generation. Tapa is becoming very hard to find because there is so little market for it and the art is being lost. Your interest will help to preserve the memory of this incredible skill.
McGlory
Southeast, NE
(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2007
9:16 PM

Post #4016512

Amazing! I had no idea that's what tapa cloth was!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

September 25, 2007
10:16 PM

Post #4016725

Hi Lori! Yes, amazing is a good word for this art form.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 26, 2007
12:14 AM

Post #4017120

Is there some way we could purchase from your craft people?
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

September 26, 2007
2:32 AM

Post #4017676

Most don't have any way of communication. I contact (by snail mail) a man on the island who has a PO Box, and he forwards my instructions to the carvers and weavers...it is mind boggling frustrating at times, but so fun when we get a shipment. Rarely has any resemblance to my order at all! Surprise!! We'll talk more about it in November.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 26, 2007
3:40 AM

Post #4017894

looking forward to it.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 27, 2007
3:17 PM

Post #4023265

Excellent and informative article. I had no idea... And now I want some!!
fruitypompano
Pompano Beach, FL

October 1, 2007
12:59 PM

Post #4036347

Hi Shari,
Great article! Thanks! I just signed up to get the weekly newsletter and was surprised to see you live on Kwaj. I grew up there (81-96). What are the chances?!! I miss the place! Thanks again.
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

October 2, 2007
12:15 AM

Post #4038525

I love it. What beautiful textiles! Thank-you for such an interesting article.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2007
12:15 AM

Post #4038526

Great article Shari!! I love hearing about ancient arts like this.

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