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Garment

Native NameKapa
Object Number:97-120-585
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Hawaiian
Provenience: Hawaiian Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bark Cloth
Pigment
Technique:Beaten
Painted
Printed
Length: 365.5 cm
Width: 106 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1997
Other Number:L-120-585 - Old Museum Number
10627 - ANSP Number

Description

Two panels sewn together. Border along short edges with stamped black, elliptical pattern. Thick yellow and red stripes applied by bamboo printing stamps. Possibly made from Hawaiian Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia sp.) (Kaeppler). Woman’s garment (pa’u). Acquired during the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) by Titian R. Peale. “Tapa dress [garment] (Woman’s).” on Peale list.

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