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Kapa

2006.44.3651 (RS170107)

Description

Irregularly shaped pink barkcloth from Hawaii embossed with tightly-spaced parallel lines and dotted circle and triangle shapes. Shapes were beaten into the cloth during production. Fragment of a kapa moe, or mutli-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
Cloth Fragment
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
12 x 13 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3651
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271909
Reference Notes
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