prmlogo2Cook-Voyage Collections
at the Pitt Rivers Museum


PRM000122634Waist mat or overskirt, kie fau, of bark fibre, from Tonga; part of the Forster collection (Forster 56; 1886.1.1178)

Waist mat or overskirt, kie fau, plaited from strips of the inner bark of the purau (Thespasia populnea) in such a way as to create a pattern of rectangular holes. A fringe of decoratively plaited tabs of the same material has been sewn on with olonga fibre (Pipturus argenteus). Worn by chiefs


PRM000095175Detail of fringe and Ashmolean label
PRM000095181Detail of fringe and Forster label
PRM000095191Microscope image of mat fibre