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Kapa

2006.44.3638 (RS164446)

Description

Small fragment of kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth. White ground decorated with bands of black and red wavy lines and red bands. This fragment was cut from a larger sample. 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 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
Places
Hawaii (United States)
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
7 1/2 x 1 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3638
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
270957
Reference Notes
Origanally published by the Peabody Museum of Salem in 1920. Full reproduction available on Hathi Digital Trust. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018681802#page/n4/mode/1up

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