Skirt (gai-saga-vai)

Production date
1989
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Fibres dangle from a twined band of fibres.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander skirt
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Measurements
Weight:335g
Length:810mm
Width:2400mm
Media/Materials description
Wild hibiscus fibres
History and use
Gai-saga-vai skirts are worn for ceremonial dancing by both men and women on the island of Pentecost, Vanuatu.

Indigenous people on most islands in Vanuatu once wore gai-saga-vai skirts as everyday attire. Today, these skirts are only worn during ceremonial occasions. Sometimes, the skirt is dyed.

This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s.
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QE25613

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