Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271931

Description

Large fragment of blue kapa cloth from Hawaii. Very thin, soft and translucent. Heavily embossed using a incised and patterned kapa beater with star-shapes. 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.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

13 1/2 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3656

Reference Notes

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