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Tapa

2006.44.3670 (RS170849)

Description

Rectangular shaped tapa fragment, painted black and embossed with diamond shapes. Some of the white ground is visible through the watermarked diamonds and there appear to be thick stripes of black at 3" intervals. This fragment was cut from a larger sample. Possibly from Hawaii. 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
7 1/4 x 14 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3670
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271993
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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