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Kapa

2006.44.3648 (RS170122)

Description

Pink sleeve-shaped kapa fragment from Hawaii, possibly a kahili wrapper. Fragment embossed with star-shaped watermarks. Kahili are poles topped with bundles of feathers and were a symbol of high status and royalty in Hawaii. 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
4 3/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3648
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271103
Reference Notes
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