Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271993

Description

Rectangular shaped tapa fragment, painted black and embossed with diamond shapes. Some of the white ground is visible through the watermarked diamonds and there appear to be thick stripes of black at 3" intervals. This fragment was cut from a larger sample. Possibly from Hawaii. 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

7 1/4 x 14 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3670

Reference Notes

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