Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270965

Description

Small fragment of Hawaiian bark cloth, yellow with a pattern of wavy red and black lines. This fragment was cut from a larger sample. 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)

Associated Building

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

Additional Identification Number

E3159

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

5 1/2 x 2 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3639

Reference Notes

, 1911. Available in full on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

Places

Hawaii (United States)