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Kapa

2006.44.3636 (RS164584)

Description

Small kapa fragment from Hawaii, white ground stamped with black circles and dots. Fragment is very thin and heavily embossed in a star-shaped pattern. The embossing is part of the kapa production process. Kapa (the Hawaiian word for 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 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
Places
Hawaii (United States)
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
5 3/8 x 3 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3636
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
270932
Reference Notes
full digital version on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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