Object Number:2003-32-116
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: New Caledonia (uncertain)
Materials:Plant Fiber
Length: 102 cm
Width: 24 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number:1994.X.11433 - Other Number


Short skirt of black, twisted plant fiber, doubled over and caught between two criss-crossing strands at top. Similar twisted black fiber and construction technique in skirts 1995.X.16489 and 1994.X.16490. This is the only one of the three skirts with a tag, on which "Tahiti" is written in pencil, crossed out, and replaced by "New Caledonia." What appears to be a skirt of this sort can be seen in the center of a Freres Dufy photo reproduced on p. 106 of Decouverte photographique de la Nouvelle-Caledonie 1848-1900 (Serge Kakou, 1998). Exhibited at l'Exposition universelle de Paris 1900.

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