Cloak made of vegetable or palm fibre, finger woven. Plaited edges and twisted fibre cords extend out at all four corners.
- Found/Acquired: Vairaatea (by style)
- (Oceania,Polynesia,French Polynesia,Tuamotu Archipelago,Vairaatea)
- Width: 88.5 centimetres (bottom)
- Width: 61.5 centimetres (top)
- Length: 42 centimetres
Registration slip description:
Cover for the shoulders with cords at the four corners. Made of fibre with cross stitchings in parallel lines.Notes from Pacific Presences visit (Feb 2014):
A similar cloak in NMS/Edinburgh collection was collected by Beechey – and is from the same island (Vairaatea) but is much bigger (than Oc,EP.12) and looks very similar also to an example in Russia.
The cloak in Russia is made from finger weaving, a palm fibre which is found in New Zealand. It is huge, double thickness and connected on three sides. This particular example is made from eco-palm fibre that is found in the North Island of New Zealand.
Two holes in the middle of the cloak - rusty brown patches, perhaps from a nail.
7 July 1995
Clean and remove moth remains. Straighten.
Surface very dirty with 'museum' dust. Moth remains present, though no moth damage as the fibres are cellulosic. Severe folding.
Loose dirt and moth remains removed from surface using a soft brush, tweezers, and low powered vacuum cleaner fitted with a flexible rubber hose. Cleaned with Groomstick (modified natural rubber) gently rolled over the contaminated surface. Examined surface under magnification to check for disturbance or fibre loss; all appeared OK. Relaxed by humidifying above a layer of Goretex. A piece of blotting paper was sprayed with distilled water, then covered with the Goretex, the object and a layer of polythene sheeting and allowed to humidify. The object was aligned when fully relaxed. Allowed to dry using glass weights where necessary.
Acquisition details unknown.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Oc????D25.12 (old CDMS no.)
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Object reference number: EOC470
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