Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271104

Description

Irregular L-shaped kapa fragment from Hawaii. Original white ground has turned brown with age. Front of fragment stamped with black wavy lines and rectangles. Fragment may have been part of a kapa moe, or layered bedding piece. 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

E16864

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

8 1/2 x 12 2/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3649

Reference Notes

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