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tapa:

see bark clothbark cloth,
primitive fabric made in tropical and subtropical countries from the soft inner bark of certain trees. It has been made and used in parts of Africa and India, the Malay Peninsula, Samoa, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Fiji Islands and perhaps reached its highest
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Tapa

 

a city in Rakvere Raion, Estonian SSR. Situated in the north of the republic. Junction of railroad lines to Tallinn, Narva, and Tartu. Population, 10,300 (1975). Tapa has railroad transportation enterprises.


Tapa

 

material made from the inner part of tree bark. In the past, tapa was widely used in areas where weaving was not known; it is still used by peoples of Indonesia, Oceania, and Africa and by Indians of Central and South America. To make tapa, the bark is cleaned, soaked in water, and pounded with wooden mallets. Polynesians, Indonesians, and some African peoples are skilled in tapa-making. The tapa is dyed, and designs are either painted on or stamped on with special tools. Tapa has many uses, including clothing material and floor covering.

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