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Kapa

2006.44.3646 (RS164527)

Description

Small kapa cloth fragment from Hawaii, yellow with one knot of plant fiber laced through one corner. Crinkled and embossed with tightly-spaced parallel lines. Likely part of a kapa moe, or multi-layered sleeping cover. 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
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
1 7/8 x 5 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3646
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271043
Reference Notes
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