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Tapa

2006.44.3632 (RS164569)

Description

Fragment of white Tahitian tapa decorated with black flecks in an irregular striped pattern. Tahitian tapa is called "ahu." Tapa is a cloth made from the inner bark of trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as for other secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
7 1/4 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3632
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
270909
Reference Notes
Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Vol. III, 1911. Entire journal article on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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