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Kapa

2006.44.3655 (RS170170)

Description

Large fragment of pink Hawaiian kapa cloth. Very thin, soft and translucent. Probably one of the inner layers of a kapa moe, or multi-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
13 3/4 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3655
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271929
Reference Notes
Originally published in 1920; full digital version available on HathiTrust - http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018681802#page/n4/mode/1up

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