University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Naffi Sanggenafa


Survival of a Weaving Tradition in New Guinea

By: Michael C. Howard and Naffi Sanggenafa

Traditional dress in Irian Jaya, in the Pacific archipelago nation of Indonesia, is usually associated with penis gourds, string bags, and grass skirts. The province (which occupies the western half of the island of New Guinea) has universally had the reputation among textile speĀ­cialists of a place “where weaving is not practiced” (Gitlow 1992:15). It […]