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at the Pitt Rivers Museum


PRM000011521Overskirt, sisi fale, of coconut fibre, feathers, and shell, from Tonga; from the Forster collection (Forster 61; 1886.1.1332)

Overskirt, sisi fale, made of small pieces of kafa (coconut fibre) intricately twined in a kind of basketry technique. These small pieces, in the form of stars, were covered with red feathers, and incorporated shell beads, animal teeth , and carved pieces of ivory (from whale's teeth), The smaller pieces were sewn together to create an overall design


PRM000095339Detail of back
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PRM0001297625179Forster label
PRM0001297635179Ashmolean label