cache-sexe (loin cloth)

20th Century

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Beaded loin cloth/cache sex; horizontal rows of multi-colored triangles with central triangular elements�red with yellow center, black with red center; white with red center, orange and green with green and orange centers, etc; doubled warp looped over a multi-stranded waistband; four beads added to each doubled warp; warp elements then split apart and pass through beads with adjacent warp elements forming a net-like beaded mesh; at bottom of beading warp ends gathered into groups of six to eight and passed through two larger glass beads; they are then knotted, plied and passed through a cowrie shell (with its top cut off) and knotted again to attach shell, thereby forming a fringe below the beading; waist tie ends extending beyond the beading are plied together (2-ply) becoming progressively thinner towards the knotted end.

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  • Title: cache-sexe (loin cloth)
  • Date Created: 20th Century
  • Rights: No Known Rights Holder
  • Medium / Support: glass beads, cowrie shells, cotton thread
  • External Link: See this object at www.imamuseum.org
  • Dimensions: height: 8 1/2 in (with fringe) width: 19 1/8 in
  • Department: Textile and Fashion Arts
  • Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in honor of Dr. Barbara Herman and Ms. Ursula Kolmstetter
  • Accession Number: 2007.9