Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time & Place

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time & Place A three-year research project (2016-2018) that aims to transform our understanding of Pacific barkcloth (tapa), its manufacture, history and conservation.

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time & Place is a three-year research project that aims to transform our understanding of Pacific barkcloth manufacture. A multidisciplinary approach lies at the heart of the project, combining the investigation of artefact provenance, style and historical context; the application of cutting-edge analytical techniques for the study of materials and manufacture methods; and research into specific conservation threats, new conservation methods and conservation treatments that will allow us to improve the long-term conservation and care of barkcloth collections worldwide. Funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, the project is based at the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Three internationally important collections of barkcloth form the project's core research material: •The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, UK. •The Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, UK. •The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA. The project is analysing these collections to learn how the manufacture, style, condition and degradation of barkcloths changed over the 19th century. We are exploring how those factors varied between cloths made from different bark species and using different pigments. We are discovering how we can use that knowledge today to inform contemporary barkcloth making and use in the Pacific, by engaging with projects in Hawaii that are rediscovering the skills of barkcloth manufacture for the 21st century.

Mission: To transform our understanding of Pacific barkcloth (tapa) manufacture by applying the latest methods in conservation science, materials science, the history of collections and Pacific art history.

Hi Everyone. We just want to let you know that we are co-hosting the 2017 UK Museum Ethnographers Group conference here ...
20/01/2017
Museum Ethnographers Group Conference Glasgow 2017

Hi Everyone. We just want to let you know that we are co-hosting the 2017 UK Museum Ethnographers Group conference here in Glasgow this April. It promises to be a hot year for Pacific textiles and clothing, and there will be plenty of tapa talk! Check out the conference Eventbrite page:

Cloth & Costume in Ethnographic Museums: New Directions in Research, Care & Interpretation The 2017 MEG conference is co-hosted by the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and the Centre for Textile Conservation & Technical Art History. This year's conference theme addresses cloth and costume. C...

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07/10/2016

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time & Place's cover photo

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16/09/2016

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time & Place's cover photo

An Interesting Tiputa of the Mid 19th Century
08/08/2016

An Interesting Tiputa of the Mid 19th Century

Some Treasures in the Hunterian
24/02/2016

Some Treasures in the Hunterian

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time & Place
24/02/2016

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time & Place

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