Tracing the Tapa Cloth in EUA Island, Tonga

ZAY AND TAPA CLOTH COOP IN EUA

Zay is in the EUA, Tonga to see how the traditional Tapa cloth is made.

Tapa is made from the inside bark of the mulberry tree. The bark is stripped from the branches after it has been left for a week in a shady place. The creamy coloured inside bark is then soaked in water for a few days to soften it. It is then sat on a wide piece of wood off the ground called a tutua and pounded with a wooden mallet called an ike.