breast ornament (personal adornment)

Chest decoration (Bedamuni: kiwaari). A chest decoration (kiwaari) worn by men at the kamokafoi ceremony. The kiwaari are worn to imitate breasts when the men dress up as women. They are made from the aerial roots of pandanus trees. This example was made by Totaba.

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