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]
mid 20th century
plaited split rattan
17.0 cm length; 9.0 cm diameter
Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
Not on display
© Kewa people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
Shown in 1 exhibition
Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2014–10 Aug 2014
Referenced in 2 publications
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. cat.no. 54