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Kapa

2006.44.3672 (RS170897)

Description

Large piece of white kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth. Embossed throughout with small circles and very lightly tinted with charcoal. The texture of the kapa is thin but crisp. Most likely a layer of a kapa moe, or mutli-layered sleeping cover. Tapa (or kapa in Hawaii) is cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually paper mulberry) and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and sleeping material as well as for other secular, sacred and ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"2.50" (in blue pen or ink)
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
38 1/2 x 50 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3672
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
272054
Reference Notes
full digital copy on Google Play: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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