cache-sexe (loin cloth)

20th Century

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Beaded loin cloth/cache sex; variously sized blocks with birds, beasts, stripes, solid and multi-colored filling�brown beast on orange ground, multi-colored bird on light blue ground, light blue square, red and green striped square, multi-colored square, etc; seed beads strung on cotton warp elements and secured by a cotton weft (placed after each row); warp elements folded over lengths of cotton �string� to start the weaving�continuous tie ends extend beyond the beading�one for 6� and the other for 8�; both tie ends are split into two 2-ply elements ~2� out from beading; an additional 15 ½� length of cotton is knotted to the 6� extension; at bottom or weaving, groups of six warp ends gathered and passed through two larger cylindrical blue glass beads; two groups of warp ends extending beyond the larger glass beads are knotted and both pass through a single cowrie shell with its top cut off and are knotted again to hold the shell in place.

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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: 7 7/8 in (with fringe) width: 18 3/4 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: 2007.91