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Kapa

2006.44.3641 (RS164511)

Description

Small fragment of kapa from Hawaii, dyed red on one side. The barkcloth is thin but stiff, with three-dimensional ribbing embossed into the fabric. This type of ribbed kapa (kua'ula) is unique to Hawaii. The fragment was cut from a larger sample at some point. 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
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
4 3/4 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3641
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
270973
Reference Notes
full digital copy on Google Play https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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