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Samoan Material Culture

The compilation of siapo cloth

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The compilation of siapo cloth

A completed siapo cloth is an assembling of sheets of lau'a joined together into various sizes and various thicknesses by sticking them together with one or other of the glutinous materials already mentioned in the patching of holes. The various sizes and thicknesses receive particular names but they are all siapo,

A single layer of lau'a termed lau'a tasi, is worn by young men. It is generally smeared or painted with the red-brown 'o'a dye.