Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270932

Description

Small kapa fragment from Hawaii, white ground stamped with black circles and dots. Fragment is very thin and heavily embossed in a star-shaped pattern. The embossing is part of the kapa production process. 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

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E3116

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

5 3/8 x 3 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3636

Reference Notes

full digital version on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

Places

Hawaii (United States)