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Tapa Kerchief

2006.44.3662 (RS170339)

Description

Kerchief made of tapa cloth from the Pacific Islands. Triangle shape with border and dots across a tan field. Kerchiefs were introduced to the Pacific Islands by missionaries in the early nineteenth century. Probably a souvenir item from Hawaii. Tapa is cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually the paper mulberry) and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothes and bedding, as well as for other secular, sacred and ceremonial purposes.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Clothing -- Headwear
Descriptive terms
Kerchief
kerchiefs
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
32 x 23 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3662
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271942
Reference Notes
Full digital version available on Hathi Digital Trust website. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018681802#page/n4/mode/1up

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