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Kapa

2006.44.3658 (RS170212)

Description

Large piece of white kapa cloth, probably part of a multi-layered kapa moe, or Hawaiian sleeping cover. Thin and very soft, the kapa is heavy and embossed with lines of different sized circles. 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
"75" or "15" (small circular paper label, white with red outline, writing in pencil)
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
22 x 34 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3658
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271934

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