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.
Gift of Constance Cochraine
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