Sash [Object of the Day #85]


October 16, 2012



This sash is created from very fine banana fiber. It’s dyed in natural colors, red, and blue. The sash is decorated with alternating bands of intricate geometric designs and plain red strips. This style is characteristic of the island of Pohnpei. It would have been woven by women and worn as a part of ceremonial costume by men. Micronesia is one of the few places in the Pacific Islands where the art of the loom weaving was practiced. The loom-weaving technique is still used there today.

Penn Museum Object #61-2-58

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