Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271932

Description

Fragment of white kapa cloth from Hawaii. Creamy white color has been lightly rubbed with a light gray substance, possibly charcoal. Very thin but has a crinkley texture. The kapa is embossed with closely set circular shapes. Possibly a layer of a kapa moe, or multi-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)

Inscription

"10755" (handwritten in pencil on lower left corner)

Associated Building

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

Additional Identification Number

E10755

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

13 1/2 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3657

Reference Notes

Originally published in 1920. Full digital copy available at Hathi Digital Trust