Caroline Island Fiber Sash

Fiber sash, worn on top of a grass skirt to anchor it down. This type of sash was worn by male dignitaries and it is more ceremonial than functional. As western missionaries did not approve of this kind of native wear , it is safe to date it to late 19th century or earlier when the natives stopped wearing them.The banana fiber is woven on a narrow loom in intricate, geometrical design, incorporating red wool which was highly prized in Micronesia as it is not indigenous.The Caroline Islands are some of the very few South Sea Islands locales where fiber was loom woven.

Circa: 19th century

Origin: Caroline Islands, South Pacific

Material: Banana fiber and wool.

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 63"x 4"

Inventory number: TX3992



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