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Kapa

Description

Long fragment of a five layered kapa moe [Hawaiian sleeping cover] with one sewn edge. Bottom four layers are white with an embossed design of small squares containing a small circle. This pattern is known as "upena pupa" and is created by using a carved kapa beater during the production process. The top layer is a bright pink decorated with faint gray triangle shapes (possibly colored with charcoal). This fragment was cut from a larger sample. 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
8 1/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3684
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
272200
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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