From: Truk Islands | Tol Islands | Tol | Wonip

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 2013-18-84
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Truk Islands | Tol Islands | Tol | Wonip
Section Oceanian
Materials Cotton Cloth | Cotton Thread

Cotton napkin with large colorful flowers embroidered in the four corners and a deep fringe of multicolored cotton thread. An embroidered message in the center reads “Kinison ne ren om ouru finaiken koputei,” translated as “Thanks, girl, for your raising the flag of your dislike of me.” Made in 1964 for the collector by Yomiko Raken, the best embroiderer in the village of Wonip and possibly the last person who still knew how to do the German style embroidery once taught by German missionaries at the St. Joseph school on Tol Island. Typical designs and messages were included at the request of the collector. At that time having embroidered things like these were a luxury and a slight status symbol, often given as Christmas presents. They also sometimes conveyed messages of unrequited love.

Length 45.5 cm
Width 48 cm
Credit Line Gift of Stephen B. Richmond, 2013
Other Number 376 - Collector Number

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