Tapa, a Polynesian bark cloth, is softened by soaking and beating processes. It’s a beautiful part of the rich Polynesian history. Generally the designs are geographic or botanical in nature. While historically it had been a clothing staple it is now only a ceremonial textile. It is serves several household uses including mats, wall decor, and to divide a space.
While it is traditionally very labour intensive to fabricate, you can fake it at home quite easily. In fact, you probably already have the materials. It’s a fun craft to do with your children. They’ll love the process and you’ll love that it’s a craft that doesn’t create a lot of mess.
For today’s project we will DIY some tapa from a paper bag and use it to decorate a homemade drum.