carrying band

Men’s carrying band, chapawseihna. Combined brow and shoulder carrying band. Two bands made of twilled fibre, one band shorter than the other, the ends of each spliced together to form two cylinders to which the ropes of the load can be tied.

The fibre is probably ari cane (Calamus erectus, Roxb.) (source N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan p25). The long band is to wear over the brow: the short band is to wear over the shoulder, right or left (ibid 25-26). See line drawing illustration in N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan p115 `man’s carrying band (Chapawseihna)’ See description of carrying bands in N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan, pp 25-26.

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