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Title

Looped string hat

mid 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The technique of looping continuous lengths of plant fibre string is commonly used by women across the Highlands of Papua New Guinea for the production of string bags, or 'bilum', however it is also used to create long aprons worn by men on important ceremonial occasions. Looped plant fibre string caps are also produced by women and worn by both men and women for warmth and protection, with the fur of animals such as cuscus and tree kangaroo incorporated into the plant fibre string. This cap has delicate tufts of animal fur spun throughout the fibres.


Details


Place where the work was made

Southern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

plant fibre string, animal fur


Dimensions

20.8 cm height; 28.5 cm diam. at head opening


Credit

Gift of Peter Sack 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

221.2016



Place

Where the work was made
Southern Highlands Province