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An image of Wristband by

Poroma District, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Place of origin
Poroma DistrictSouthern Highlands ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Kewa people
mid 20th century
collected 1969
Media category
Materials used
plaited split rattan

17.0 cm length; 9.0 cm diameter

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
Accession number
© Kewa people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
Not on display
Further information

This large woven wristband was worn by men, usually in pairs high on the forearm, and was donned only on special occasions.

Wristbands were made using split strands from a variety of rattan canes and vines, and woven using a herringbone pattern. It took between ten and twelve hours to make a pair of woven wristbands and required specialised skill and knowledge.

Older wristbands, such as the one collected by Stan Moriarty in Poroma in 1969, are commonly dark brown, stained by smoke.

[see Paul Sillitoe, 'Made in Niugini: technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea', British Museum, London, 1988]

Bibliography (2)

Paul Sillitoe, Made in Niugini: Technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, London, 1988. see pages 426-427 for description of these wristbands

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 107 (colour illus.), 162. 54

Exhibition history (1)

Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2014–10 Aug 2014