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Kapa

2006.44.3634 (RS164578)

Description

Small kapa fragment from Hawaii, brown ground with alternating bands of white stripes and ovals. Reverse side has embossed lines typical of kapa production. Kapa (the Hawaiian word for tapa) is a cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as other secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"3170" (Handwritten in pencil on white side)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Places
Hawaii (United States)
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
4 3/8 x 7 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3634
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
270923
Reference Notes
first published by Auckland Museum

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