An image of Koráy mabe (boy's loincloth)

Unknown Artist

Koráy mabe (boy's loincloth)

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 fine example consists of a central panel of woven plant fibre string, interwoven with striking flashes of yellow orchid stems, and with a lower fringe of 14 pig's tails, and would have been worn by a young Simbu boy who had reached a certain age and left the care of his mother to join the men of his village, living in the men's house until his marriage.

Place of origin
Simbu (Chimbu) Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
probably Golin people
mid 20th century
plant fibre string, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendobrium), 14 pigs' tails, traces of red pigment
18.5 cm width; 28.5 cm length string panel; 50.0 cm length incl. pigs' tails and fringe
Gift of Peter Sack 2016
Accession number
© Simbu (Chimbu) people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics