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Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0099   CAS 1984-0008-0099; Loincloth
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Textiles
Object Name Loincloth
Culture Melanesian: ni-Vanuatu
Global Region Oceania
Country Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
State/Prov./Dist. Penama
Other Geographic Data Pentecost Island
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1927
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Pandanus (?) fiber; Native dye
Description Rectangular textile loincloth woven in two long strips that are joined together down the center; Each strip is woven in 2/2 simple plaiting technique; Along the sides, the fibers are folded over and are partially woven back into the band; At each end, the fibers are shredded and gathered into 3 small fringe bundles; Front of loincloth is stencil printed with 4 long rows of chevron motifs, flanked along sides by plain narrow band, all printed deep purple-red on white background.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 17.0, Thickness = 0.2, Length = 99.5