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waist garment

human history
  • Other Name

    Ta'ovala (Tongan)

  • Description

    Ta'ovala Fanakio. Fanakio waistmat. This ta'ovala is woven entirely from fanakio (fibre) strips, due to its small size it would most likely be for a small child. Fanakio is most prevalent in the island of Niuafo'ou and grows only there. This ta'ovala is smooth, rectangular in shape and a toffee brown colour. The top edge is lined with red fabric and the bottom edge is knotted to form fringing.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
    1976.73
  • Accession Date
    1976
  • Other Id

    47578 (ethnology)

  • Department
waist garment, 1976.73, 47578, Cultural Permissions Apply

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