Unknown Artist

Looped string hat

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
possibly Mendi people
Year
mid 20th century
Media
Textile
Medium
plant fibre string, animal fur
Dimensions
20.8 cm height; 28.5 cm diam. at head opening
Credit
Gift of Peter Sack 2016
Accession number
221.2016
Copyright
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