Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271919

Description

Large fragment of lavender colored kapa cloth heavily cross-hatched with embossed lines. Thin and translucent in some areas. Probably one layer 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)

Associated Building

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

Additional Identification Number

E16862

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

10 x 12 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3654

Reference Notes

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