from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Samoa, the name of bark cloth made from the paper mulberry (Papyrius papyrifera). See tapa.
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Jan engaged an old woman to teach her how to paint the traditional siapo cloth, and she spent a couple of afternoons doing that, making souvenir placemats for her grandchildren while listening to the hypnotic ocean crash, sipping the local fruit juice, not thinking about much.
And for the white man were the softest mats and the best pieces of _siapo_ and he lived for nearly the space of two years in the chief's house.
There were no others living in the house with them, for my father's mother was very poor, and all day long she laboured -- some-times at making mats, and sometimes at beating out _siapo_ (tappa) cloth.
In the event you walk around the classic normal American Samoan village situated in Tula, you may get to check out locals artfully creating siapo - a traditional Samoan cloth.