- Museum number
Loin-cloth (previously identified as belt) made of textile (hibiscus fibre or banana fibre) of a fine weave. Delicate patterning in undyed, russet- and black-dyed fibre. Multiple panels of designs including zig-zags, hourglasses, chevrons, stripes, triangles. One plain russet section.
Length: 163 centimetres (excluding fringe)
Length: 15 centimetres (total fringe length)
Width: 12.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Identification of textile as a men's loin-cloth of hibiscus or banana fibre from Ponape was made by scholar of weaving, Margery Blackman, Dunedin, during her visit to the Textile Centre 7/9/04.
Christy collection registration slip (1904):
Belt of finely woven grass fibre, red & pale, forming at either end, panels of ornamentation. At one end there is only one such panel, the other the ornament extends for over one half the length of the belt, comprising first a zigzag, then a diagonal pattern, then panels of saltaires outlined pale on a red ground etc, ends fringed.
South Sea Indians Sash'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1983–1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collection from Turvey Abbey, Turvey, Bedfordshire purchased from Mr H. Longuet Higgins. The acquisition had been under consideration for a long time. A letter (Dept of Prehistory & Europe) dated 31 May 1890 sent by Augustus Franks to a Mr Edward Maunde Thompson (Principal Librarian/Director 1888-1909) discusses visiting to see the collection of Mrs Higgins of Turvey Abbey, a daughter of his old colleague Thomas Burgon & sister of Dean Burgon. The collection was likely to 'be interesting as collected a long time ago.'
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1904C3.281 (old CDMS no.)