Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271961

Description

Tapa fragment dyed a red/brown with grooves of tightly spaced parallel lines. On one end two pieces of the cloth have been sewn together with a light colored thread using tiny stitches. Probably from Hawaii or possibly Tahiti. Tapa is known as kapa in Hawaii and ahu in Tahiti. 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

9 1/8 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3667

Reference Notes

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