• Image of "Batari" Tapa Clutch
  • Image of "Batari" Tapa Clutch
  • Image of "Batari" Tapa Clutch
  • Image of "Batari" Tapa Clutch
  • Image of "Batari" Tapa Clutch

This clutch bag is made from natural "tapa cloth" which comes from Oro Province of Papua New Guinea.

Bark is stripped from the "mulberry" tree and beaten over a log until it stretches into a piece of large and fine paper bark. The cloth is then painted and decorated with tribal patterns using natural dye created from processing and boiling various blends of berries, leaves and muds.

The cloth is traditionally used in art and decorative clothing and "bilas" for special cultural occasions and "sing sings".

This clutch bag is handmade by a female artisan Ethel Borari from Popondetta Who's business "Oro Tapa" sells a range of modern accessories using tapa cloth.

Approximate dimensions are 30cm x 38cm long

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