Ceremonial Skirt


From: Sulawesi | Central Sulawesi | Kulawi District | Kantewu | Kulawi

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 87-8-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Pipikoro
Provenience Sulawesi | Central Sulawesi | Kulawi District | Kantewu | Kulawi
Section Oceanian
Materials Bark Cloth | Cotton | Paper

Pipikoro dialect, Uma language (barkcloth), Kulawi village (finished skirt). Ceremonial barkcloth skirt (topi' kuluma kaju) (topi' = skirt; kuluma = skin; kaju = wood/tree) Heavy dark brown barkcloth, pleated, with three tiers. Hanging from the first tier, pairs of red and white cloth ornaments with silver paper wrappings; from the second tier, pairs of pink and green cloth ornaments with silver and red paper wrappings. White cotton waist band (hidden underneath first tier, along with a narrow fiber band). Barkcloth from nunu lero (Ficus sp. : probably Ficus infectoria). Barkcloth tube made in Kantewu village (Pipikoro region), but later decoration of skirt (tassles, etc.) finished in a Kulawi village. Use of tassels said to be of recent origin, e.g. last 10-20 years. Traditionally all Kulawi sub-district girls had to be able to make barkcloth clothes before they could marry.

Length 82 cm
Width 45 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Lorraine V. Aragon, 1987
Other Number 1 - Collector Number

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