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Kapa

2006.44.3654 (RS170167)

Description

Large fragment of lavender colored kapa cloth from Hawaii. Heavily cross-hatched with embossed lines. Thin and translucent in some areas. Probably one layer 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
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
10 x 12 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3654
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271919
Reference Notes
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