Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270977

Description

Small kapa fragment from Hawaii, brownish red with embossed ribbing. This ribbed type of kapa is unique to the Hawaiian Islands and is called kua'ula.. 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

E12506

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

1 3/4 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3643

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)