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Tapa

2006.44.3667 (RS170860)

Description

Tapa fragment dyed a red/brown with grooves of tightly spaced parallel lines. On one end two pieces of the cloth have been sewn together with a light colored thread using tiny stitches. Probably from Hawaii or possibly Tahiti. Tapa is known as kapa in Hawaii and ahu in Tahiti. 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
9 1/8 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3667
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271961
Reference Notes
full digital copy available on Google Play https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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