A lovely example of an older Samoan Siapo with ruffled edges. These are getting hard to come by. The design combines the sun in the middle part with Pandanus leaves on both sides. Approx 50 years old. In very good unused condition, no rips,holes or loose parts. This has been created with the use of the Upeti,which is clearly visible on the reverse side. Dimensions are 1310 mm x 980 mm. $350.00 SOLD
Antique Siapo,approx 70 years old,possibly older. Unused,but because of its age there is some wear and tear,the cloth is not so pliable anymore,however no rips,holes or loose parts. Design on it has been created by placing the cloth over a carved wooden block called an Upeti and rubbing clay dyes over to make the motifs. On the other side it is then outlined in pigment dyes. Design is divided into squares that are filled with geometric motifs,with traditional motif based on Pandanus leaves. Dimensions are 1560 mm x 860 mm. SOLD
Large Samoan Siapo in new condition,geometric star/flower design.The interesting part is when viewing this for a while the patterns unfold to triangles/squares and circles,alternating diagonal and straight lines.A number of Siapo have this wonderful concept.Dimensions: 1780 mm x 930 mm. $295.00 SOLD
This is the most dynamic Siapo I have,it seems highly charged! A very striking & dynamic Siapo.The arrow motifs are traditional,these can be found on the very early designs.Although this has a real ethnic feel to it,it also has contemporary twist to it. This Siapo is not new,but in excellent unused condition.The dimensions are 1300mm x 1m. $245.00 SOLD
Vintage Samoan Siapo,with original ruffled bark cloth edge. These Siapos are getting very hard to come by now. The motifs on this Siapo represent: Fa'a sigago which is Pandanus Bloom,the Pandanus is a very important tree in Samoa. Fa'a 'aveau which represents the Starfish. Fa'a tumoa or Fa'a moa fai which represents the Banana Pod. Elements and variation of Fa'a 'ali'ao which is the Trochus Shell. Dimensions are 1220 mm x 1220 mm, $235.00 SOLD
Antique Siapo.This was bought in an estate sale together with other antique pieces.However,this has had a thin bark cloth backing attached at a later stage as I think the single top layer had become too worn & thin.This is one of the oldest pieces in my collection.However,the design elements & composition provide a wonderfully modernistic twist.This is in fair to good condition,the top layer has irregularities and worn patches,but because of the bark cloth backing this is compensated for.Dimensions: 1150 mm x 1m. $255.00 SOLD
Vintage Siapo,very old piece.Very fragile and worn thin.This is one of the Tapa cloths from my own collection which is not for sale.It is only shown here to show the effect of the use of the Upeti on the reverse side.It is actually outlined with paint on the other side,which is meant to be shown.I however prefer this reverse side with the fine and intricate print outlines.
Rare Vintage Siapo.Superb Extra Large treasure, circa 1920 in mint condition. Dimensions: 142 in long by 88 in. wide In other words almost 12 ft long by a little over 7 & 1/3 ft. This Siapo was given on a special occasion to a lady whose husband was a pilot in the Pacific,he frequently flew into Samoa.He was later to fly in the Army Air Corp and was shot down in the Pacific in one of the bays off Rangoon. The extra large size plus the condition it is in make this Siapo quite a rare and collectable piece. Please note I am selling this on behalf of friend from the US where this item is located. $1700.00