Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271909

Description

Irregularly shaped pink barkcloth from Hawaii embossed with tightly-spaced parallel lines and dotted circle and triangle shapes. Shapes were beaten into the cloth during production. Fragment of a kapa moe, or mutli-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)
Cloth Fragment

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

16861

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

12 x 13 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3651

Reference Notes

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