Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270957

Description

Small fragment of kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth. White ground decorated with bands of black and red wavy lines and red bands. 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 other 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

E3160

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

7 1/2 x 1 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3638

Reference Notes

Origanally published by the Peabody Museum of Salem in 1920. Full reproduction available on Hathi Digital Trust. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018681802#page/n4/mode/1up

Places

Hawaii (United States)