Kapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-272200

Description

Long fragment of a five layered kapa moe [Hawaiian sleeping cover] with one sewn edge. Bottom four layers are white with an embossed design of small squares containing a small circle. This pattern is known as "upena pupa" and is created by using a carved kapa beater during the production process. The top layer is a bright pink decorated with faint gray triangle shapes (possibly colored with charcoal). This fragment was cut from a larger sample. 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

Dimensions

8 1/8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3684

Reference Notes

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