Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-272055

Description

Large piece of kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth. Pink on one side with a decorative pattern of widely spaced bands and triangles made with black/gray spots.The kapa has a crisp, thick texture and is embossed throughout with small triangle shapes. Probably the top layer of a kapa moe, or multi-layered sleeping cover. Tapa, or kapa in Hawaii, is fabric made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually paper mulberry) and is widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and sleeping covers as well as for other 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

50 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3673

Reference Notes

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