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Kapa

2006.44.3657 (RS170176)

Description

Fragment of white kapa cloth from Hawaii. Creamy white color has been lightly rubbed with a light gray substance, possibly charcoal. Very thin but has a crinkley texture. The kapa is embossed with closely set circular shapes. Possibly a layer 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
Inscriptions
"10755" (handwritten in pencil on lower left corner)
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
2006.44.3657
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271932
Reference Notes
Originally published in 1920. Full digital copy available at Hathi Digital Trust

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