An image of Koráy mabe (man's loincloth)

Unknown Artist

Koráy mabe (man's loincloth)

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Simbu (Chimbu) Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
probably Golin people
Year
mid 20th century
Media
Textile
Medium
plant fibre string, 23 pigs' tails
Dimensions
33.0 cm width; 54.5 cm length string panel; 92.0 cm length incl. pigs' tails and fringe
Credit
Gift of Peter Sack 2016
Accession number
222.2016
Copyright
© Simbu (Chimbu) people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics