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Santa Cruz Garment

1920

British Museum

British Museum

Example of a lapau; a piece of barkcloth used for men’s headdresses. The rectangular barkcloth is made from the bark of the Banyan tree and dyed shades of orange and brown with turmeric and plant pigments. It is decorated with densely patterned quadrangles in a grid pattern, twelve by six.

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  • Title: Santa Cruz Garment
  • Date Created: 1920
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 249 centimetres Width: 68.5 centimetres
  • Provenance: Donated by Irene Marguerite Beasley. Previous owner/ex-collection: Harry Geoffrey Beasley. Previous owner/ex-collection: F L Jones
  • Production place: Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz group
  • Copyright: © The Trustees of The British Museum
  • British Museum link: Oc1944,02.1211
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