belt; textile

A man's belt made from cotton and dyed with natural dyes. The weaver is Ina Kaje Ha'e. The textile is woven on a backstrap loom. The fabric is mainly warp-faced ikat. The belt is used to secure the loin cloth, and to hold the knife for everday use. The pattern consists of alternating red and white lines on a blue-black ground. At the ends red and blue weft threads have been twined to form a dotted border.The ends of the warp are twisted forming a fringe. The name 'Wai wake ngede' designates any narrow and long cloth ('wai'), restricted in its use to men ('wake'), which is long ('ngede'). The dyes used are indigo (blue-black) and morinda citrifolia (red). [See original description for details.]

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