Tapa Kerchief

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271942

Description

Kerchief made of tapa cloth from the Pacific Islands. Triangle shape with border and dots across a tan field. Kerchiefs were introduced to the Pacific Islands by missionaries in the early nineteenth century. Probably a souvenir item from Hawaii. Tapa is cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually the paper mulberry) and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothes and bedding, as well as for other secular, sacred and ceremonial purposes.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
kerchiefs
tapa (bark cloth)
Kerchief

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Clothing -- Headwear

Dimensions

32 x 23 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3662

Reference Notes

Full digital version available on Hathi Digital Trust website. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018681802#page/n4/mode/1up