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Object Number:61-2-58
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Caroline Islands
Date Made: ca. 1870
Early Date: 1860
Late Date: 1880
Materials:Banana Fiber
Length: 172 cm
Width: 9.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Constance Cochrane, 1961


Narrow woven band of banana fiber. Natural color, dark red and blue. Ends fringed. One half the length patterned with alternating bands of geometric designs and plain dark red. Other half plain red. Edges decorated with tufted borders of bright red [European] cotton yarn, now largely missing. Woven by women. Worn as part of ceremonial costume by men. Micronesia is one of the few places in the Pacific islands in which the art of loom weaving was, and still is, practiced. Based on stylistic considerations, this example is probably from Pohnpei.

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