An image of Wristband

Unknown Artist

Wristband

Location
Not on display
Further information

This large woven wristband was worn by men, usually in pairs high on the forearm, and was donned only on special occasions.

Wristbands were made using split strands from a variety of rattan canes and vines, and woven using a herringbone pattern. It took between ten and twelve hours to make a pair of woven wristbands and required specialised skill and knowledge.

Older wristbands, such as the one collected by Stan Moriarty in Poroma in 1969, are commonly dark brown, stained by smoke.

[see Paul Sillitoe, 'Made in Niugini: technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea', British Museum, London, 1988]

Place of origin
Poroma District, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Kewa people
Year
mid 20th century
collected 1969
Media
Weaving
Medium
plaited split rattan
Dimensions
17.0 cm length; 9.0 cm diameter
Credit
Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
Accession number
802.1979
Copyright
© Kewa people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics