Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271103

Description

Pink sleeve-shaped kapa fragment from Hawaii, possibly a kahili wrapper. Fragment embossed with star-shaped watermarks. Kahili are poles topped with bundles of feathers and were a symbol of high status and royalty in Hawaii. 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.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

4 3/8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3648

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)