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Kapa

2006.44.3653 (RS170115)

Description

Fragment of Hawaiian kapa cloth, tan-colored ground with large blossom-shaped area made of brownish irregular wheel shapes partially covered with splotches of yellow. Cloth heavily embossed with small triangle shapes some of which appear to have been lightly rubbed with charcoal or some other gray/black substance. 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
13 1/8 x 9 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3653
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271911
Reference Notes
Available in full digital reproduction on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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