262
262
(Kapa)
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 7,800 USD
JUMP TO LOT
262
(Kapa)
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 7,800 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Books and Manuscripts Including A Private Collection of Historical Hawaiiana

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New York

(Kapa)

A fine collection of kapa specimens.  [Sandwich Islands, 18th and 19th centuries]

116 kapa specimens (ranging in size from 2 x 2 in. to 10  3/4 x 8  1/4  in.; 52 x 52 mm to 73 x 210 mm).  Smaller specimens matted, all speciemns in acetate sleeves, in a loose-leaf album; fine condition, with natural flaws.  Black buckram folding-case.


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Catalogue Note

An impressive collection of early kapa or Hawai'ian bark cloth.  Kapa is made from wauke, the paper mulberry plant, by a time-consuming, labor-intensive method.  It had many functions in everyday  life in early Hawai'i, but was replaced in modern Hawai'i by durable, easily manufactured  fabrics.  Wooden and stone mallets were used to beat the fiber and give it a distinctive watermarked design.  Bamboo stamps were carved to give the cloth embossed patterns.

After several stages of beating, stretching and shaping, the kapa cloth was dyed in a rich assortment of colors.  Before the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778, kapa was decorated with rudimentary brushed-on designs.  After Hawai'i's contact with the outside world, kapa designs  evolved into more intricate  and regular geometric patterns.

The present collection is a fine sampling of early and evolving kapa made both before and after the arrival of Cook. 

Fine Books and Manuscripts Including A Private Collection of Historical Hawaiiana

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New York