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731. Tali ibe = Weaving mats

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Title: 731. Tali ibe = Weaving mats
Other Titles: Tali ibe = Weaving mats
Weaving mats
Authors: Charlot, Jean, 1898-1979
Kistler, Lynton R., 1897-1993
Keywords: Pandanus leaves
LC Subject Headings: Fiji--In art
Lithographs, American--20th century
Indigenous peoples--Fiji--Pictorial works
Issue Date: Jun 1978
Publisher: Jean Charlot
Series/Report no.: Kei Viti ; 3
Abstract: "The craft of plaiting mats is a woman's prerogative. Gathering and drying the pandanus leaves, splitting each leaf to proper width and tucking under artfully its edges. Hand -plaited mats are an indispensable accessory to Melanesian living. They carpet wall to wall the inside of the family home. Rolled and presented with hieratic gestures, they are a welcome gift on many occasions. For the newly married they make a nuptial bed, and are received gratefully by the sick and the very old, to come their shrouds." Charlot, p. 12.
Description: Colors: dark blue, yellow green, gray blue tone, brown, blue; size: image 17 x 22 in. on sheet 20 x 26 in.; medium: rag paper.
Rights: Copyright Jean Charlot Estate, LLC with permission.
Appears in Collections:Kei Viti: Melanesian images

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