A Jaki-ed or Nieded, Dress Mat

Marshall Islands

82 x 82 cms

DESCRIPTION

There is an enlightening description of how these Marshall Island “dress mats” were made and worn in the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

See: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/314675

Apparently in early times they were worn by both men and women but each gender had a different way of wearing them. They were made of plaited pandanus fibre, both dyed and undyed. The borders are intricately patterned with traditional and symbolic motifs. Each border was woven separately and then attached to the plain woven center and each other with decorative stitching. This example has three decorated borders.

Inv: 8198

 

CONDITION

Good. The fibre is still supple and shows no cracking, which is often the case with pieces that have been folded. There is a small nick (easily disguised) out of the bottom border and one small hole. See image.

Provenance

DATE

Late 19th/early 20th century

Dimensions

82 x 82 cms

PRICE

3250

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