Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271959

Description

Square fragment of crisp, white tapa cloth, very likely from Hawaii. The piece is very thin and heavily embossed with tightly spaced, small parallel lines that have been cross-hatched to create tiny square shapes. The fragment was cut from a larger piece of at some point. 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

Dimensions

12 1/2 x 11 3/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3666