Tapa: You can’t beat it (enough)

Natalie Firnhaber


Conservation of tapa, or barkcloth, is now familiar to many ethnographic conservators. This paper will discuss the evolution of techniques in our laboratory at the National Museum of Natural History in repair, storage, labeling, and photography. It will also briefly describe experimental techniques in washing, backing, and deacidification. Our use of volunteers in performing some of these procedures will also be discussed.

1999 | St. Louis | Volume 6