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Loin-cloth made of textile (banana leaf or hibiscus fibre), loom woven with a fringe at each end. Largely of black-dyed fibre, with a panel of stepped stripes in undyed, russet- and black-dyed fibre, woven with discontinous warp. Some holes. Conserved with black gauze on reverse.
- Production date
Length: 156 centimetres (excluding fringes)
Length: 7.50 centimetres (total fringe length)
Width: 21 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Description from Extracts from the British and Medieval Register 1757-1878, p.202:
A scarf of a black material ornamented at one end with red, yellow and white zigzags, at the other with narrow lines of white and yellow. It has fringes at both ends. Length 5 feet 9 inches. From Strong Island.
Identification of textile as a loin-cloth of hibiscus or banana fibre was made by scholar of weaving, Margery Blackman, Dunedin, during her visit to the Textile Centre, 7/9/04.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1983–1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today
- Conserved, repairs stable.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- 'Presented by Sir John Liddell, Admiralty in the name of Lords of the Admiralty (all collected by the Officers of H.M. Ship Herald).'
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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