Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271911

Description

Fragment of Hawaiian kapa cloth, tan-colored ground with large blossom-shaped area made of brownish irregular wheel shapes partially covered with splotches of yellow. Cloth heavily embossed with small triangle shapes some of which appear to have been lightly rubbed with charcoal or some other gray/black substance. 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

E16863

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

13 1/8 x 9 3/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3653

Reference Notes

Available in full digital reproduction on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en