A Jaki-ed or Nieded, Dress Mat
82 x 82 cms
There is an enlightening description of how these Marshall Island “dress mats” were made and worn in the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
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.
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.