A Rubu, a Flat Basketry Bag
Nairai Island, Fiji
18 x 40 cms
Graphic flat baskets, such as this one, were woven by women from pandanus fibre. The interior is composed of wide strips of plain pandanus fibre while the outer layer is woven from three shades of fibre arranged in decorative horizontal bands. The top has a largely intact black fringe and there are fibre cords, possibly hibiscus, used to close it.
For a related example in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge see: https://collections.maa.cam.ac.uk/objects/514526
Collected by William Henry, 2nd Baron Leigh (1824-1905) or his son Francis Dudley, 3rd Baron Leigh (1885-1938) Ex-Stoneleigh Abbey Museum, Coventry (UK)