Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271043

Description

Small kapa cloth fragment from Hawaii, yellow with one knot of plant fiber laced through one corner. Crinkled and embossed with tightly-spaced parallel lines. Likely part of a kapa moe, or multi-layered sleeping cover. 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

E11599

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

1 7/8 x 5 3/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3646

Reference Notes

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