Across the highlands of New Guinea, loincloths were worn in former times by boys of a certain age and men, suspended from the waist through a belt made from wide bands of bark, or from woven and plaited waistbands.
This particularly fine example consists of a central panel of woven plant fibre string, with a lower fringe of 23 pig's tails, denoting the wealth and status of its maker.
mid 20th century
plant fibre string, 23 pigs' tails
33.0 cm width; 54.5 cm length string panel; 92.0 cm length incl. pigs' tails and fringe
Gift of Peter Sack 2016
Not on display
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