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Looped string hat

mid 20th century


Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Southern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    possibly Mendi people
    mid 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    plant fibre string, animal fur
    20.8 cm height; 28.5 cm diam. at head opening
    Gift of Peter Sack 2016
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Southern Highlands Province