Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270923

Description

Small kapa fragment from Hawaii, brown ground with alternating bands of white stripes and ovals. Reverse side has embossed lines typical of kapa production. Kapa (the Hawaiian word for tapa) is a cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as other secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Inscription

"3170" (Handwritten in pencil on white side)

Associated Building

Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E3170

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

4 3/8 x 7 3/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3634

Reference Notes

first published by Auckland Museum

Places

Hawaii (United States)