Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270973

Description

Small fragment of kapa from Hawaii, dyed red on one side. The barkcloth is thin but stiff, with three-dimensional ribbing embossed into the fabric. This type of ribbed kapa (kua'ula) is unique to Hawaii. The fragment was cut from a larger sample at some point. 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

E12506

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

4 3/4 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3641

Reference Notes

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