Barkcloth, or 'masi', as it is known in Fijian, is a uniquely Pacific tradition. It is a cream-colored, fiberous paper made by island women from the bark of tropical mulberry trees. The masi we paint on comes from the small island of Vatulele in southern Fiji, home to my husband's family on his mother's side.
A treasured commodity at the heart of Fijian culture, barkcloth is still used in a wide variety of ceremonies, as symbolic gifts, as clothing, and as decorative wall hangings.
Sigavou Studios has pioneered new approaches to the use of our local barkcloth, celebrating this ancient Pacific tradition while using it to create the vibrant, contemporary artwork we are known for.
More to come soon on the story of making Fijian masi – (website still under construction…)