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At-Home Anthro LIVE

Create Your Own Tapa Cloth Design

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 |
1:00PM - 1:45PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Tapa cloth with a turtle in the center.


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


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Bring your natural curiosity and craftiness into FREE live learning sessions by Penn Museum educators. Every Tuesday, join these 30-minute sessions—perfect for kids in elementary to middle school—to dig deeper into world cultures, archaeology, and anthropology with demonstrations of hands-on projects you can try at home!

A tapa cloth is a bark cloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. It is made by softening the inner bark of shrubs and trees and pounding it into thin strips. These strips are then glued into one huge sheet and decorated with geometric patterns. Investigate the natural materials and symbols used in tapa cloths in our collection, then plan your own design with drawings of animals, flowers, and patterns you see in your community.

Recommended Materials: Paper and pencils, crayons, or markers.

Free to Registered Guests