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Kapa

2006.44.3673 (RS170898)

Description

Large piece of kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth. Pink on one side with a decorative pattern of widely spaced bands and triangles made with black/grey spots.The kapa has a crisp, thick texture and is embossed throughout with small triangle shapes. Probably the top layer of a kapa moe, or multi-layered sleeping cover. Tapa, or kapa in Hawaii, is fabric made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually paper mulberry) and is widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and sleeping covers as well as for other 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
50 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3673
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
272055
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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