- Museum number
Waist garment made of light plaited fibre (hibiscus bark), with long fibre tassels.
- Production date
- 19thC(early)-19thC(mid) (before 1880)
Length: 346.50 centimetres
Width: 46 centimetres (including fringe)
- Curator's comments
Register slip comment:
'Dress now obsolete from Rotumah WLA'.
Letter dated 2nd Janaury 1893, offering piece to A.W.Franks, see AOA Archives.
Transcript of letter as written
3 Queens Terrace
2 Jan. 93
Dear Mr. Franks,
I am sending
For your acceptance the enclosed
(1) An old Rotuman dress which I obtained when there in 1880. They are out of use now I understand and there were very few obtainable even when I was there.
They were used principally when going to the water fishing I did not notice such a dress when at the British Museum so it was so it was perhaps be of interest.
(2) Two pieces of smoked Fijian tappa made of the bark of the mulberry and used wrapped round the head as a head dress
I am very sincerely
W. L. Allardyce Letter dated 2nd January 1893 offering dress to A.W.Franks, see AOA Archives.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number