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Kapa

2006.44.3650 (RS170130)

Description

Irregularly shaped kapa fragment from Hawaii. Fragment has a crisp texture. The brown ground is heavily embossed with criss-crossed lines. May have been part of a kapa moe, or 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 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
6 1/4 x 12 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3650
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271105
Reference Notes
Full version available digitally on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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