Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271995

Description

Tapa fragment of unknown origin, but likely from Fiji, Tonga or Samoa. Stamped design of vertical and horizontal lines in brown and black. Corner edge is outlined with a thick black border. Fragment was cut from the corner of a larger sample at some point, leaving four "strings" on the left edge. 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 Region

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

6 x 9 3/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3671