Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-272054

Description

Large piece of white kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth. Embossed throughout with small circles and very lightly tinted with charcoal. The texture of the kapa is thin but crisp. Most likely a layer of a kapa moe, or mutli-layered sleeping cover. Tapa (or kapa in Hawaii) is cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually paper mulberry) and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and sleeping material as well as for other secular, sacred and ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Inscription

"2.50" (in blue pen or ink)

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

38 1/2 x 50 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3672

Reference Notes

full digital copy on Google Play: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en