Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271105

Description

Irregularly shaped kapa fragment from Hawaii. Fragment has a crisp texture. The brown ground is heavily embossed with criss-crossed lines. May have been part of a kapa moe, or 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 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

E16866

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

6 1/4 x 12 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3650

Reference Notes

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