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Object #5-13718
Object nameSkirt
Culture of OriginAtayal, Taiwan
MaterialsRamie, Shell Beads, Brown
TechniquesBeadwork, Plain Weave
Exhibit LabelAtayal shell-beaded skirt, 200 years old. The shell-beaded skirt is thick and heavy, about 1.25 kg. it is estimated that 12,000 shell-beads are sewn on the skirt. Among the Atayal tribe, shell-beaded skirts were worn by headhunters on ceremonial occasions in honor of their bravery.
DimensionsL: 76.4 cm, W: 40.1 cm
SourceW. E. Priestley

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