Bag made of vegetable fibre. Handle attached to body, not looped out os body. Front decorated with alternating bands of black, red and natural fibre. Back plain.
- Found/Acquired: Papua New Guinea
- (Oceania,Melanesia,New Guinea,Papua New Guinea)
- Width: 66 centimetres
- Height: 61 centimetres (excluding handles)
Label on object: "Papua 1935. District: From Wedau to Mambare, NE Coast and probably other districts. Local name of bag KWAKWARA (Collingwood Bay), GOBA; WEDAU district. String made from a bark tree call BIBI (similar to Pandanus ?). DYES. Black: (Black vine plus berries. RED: Mangrove Bark and lime. Used for carrying infant or produce. Loops rest on forehead, child behind. As cradle, bag suspended from beam in hut. If child cries, mother just gives bag a push, child swings and is soon asleep".
Kwakwar, contemporary form, is Ubir language word. Ubir is spoken in Wanigela and in Kewansasap. Bag has not been used, in very good condition.Register 1950
Vegetable fibre plaited string bag with separately made sling; striped natural colour, red-brown and dark brown.
1935, "from Wedau to Membare, N.E. Coast, and probably other districts. Kwakwara (Collingwood Bay), Goba (Wedan). String from tree called Bibi (similar to pandanus?). Dyes: black-black wine plus berries; red-mangrove bark and lime. Used for carrying infants or produce, sling on forehead and bag on back; or as cradle, slung from a beam."
Collected in 1935.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EOC21330
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