Textile made of fibre (pandanus leaf): head mat for woman
- Length: 220 centimetres
- Width: 16 centimetres (of weaving)
- Width: 160 centimetres (incl. fringes (approx))
This kind of textile is rolled and worn by women on their heads (with the split fringe at one end hanging over the forehead). Women in South Pentecost wear head mats, as do women from the Big Nambas area of Malakula. The stenciling style is a Pentecost style. People from Malakula had a regular trade with Pentecost. The textile certainly comes from either Malakula or Pentecost. The red dye was produced in Ambae, Maewo, Pentecost and possibly the Banks Islands. Othe islands in north central Vanuatu traded to these islands for this dye. (Jean Tarisesei, Vanuatu. Sept 09)
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Object reference number: EOC13931
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