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Kapa

2006.44.3656 (RS170173)

Description

Large fragment of blue kapa cloth from Hawaii. Very thin, soft and translucent. Heavily embossed using a incised and patterned kapa beater with star-shapes. 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 1/2 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3656
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271931
Reference Notes
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