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Kapa

2006.44.3649 (RS170124)

Description

Irregular L-shaped kapa fragment from Hawaii. Original white ground has turned brown with age. Front of fragment stamped with black wavy lines and rectangles. Fragment may have been part of a kapa moe, or layered bedding piece. 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
8 1/2 x 12 2/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3649
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271104
Reference Notes
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