Ethnography and Anthropology

Ethnography and Anthropology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...about over great distances, the utmost importance is to be attached to the objects which are still being made. With regard to the "dragging about" of knitted bags, I may refer to BIRO i9oI, 55, who supposes that the much admired breast bags of the men in Astrolabe Bay are imported from elsewhere; besides it was declared of bag N. 633 (Pl. XX, fig. I) of the collection, which I bought in Tobadi, that it came originally from Tarawai (Berlin Harbour district) of which it has all the characteristics (see FINSCH I888a, 29, Pl. X, fig. I). The cord for the bags, is, as far as can be judged in H. B. and surroundings, generally made of Artocarpus-bark fibres, although for the better class, the bark fibre of Hibiscus tiliaceus, praised also by KRIEGER (1899, 50 for this purpose, is used. Near Waba I saw a man tearing very white fibres out of the inner parts of the bark of a shrub, intended for men's bags. The shrub was possibly Pueraria novoguizzemzsis, according to KRIEGER (1. c. 68 especially used for the cord of the bags. This white material becomes eventually dark in colour, from dirt and especially from contact with the skin; it even happens that the kind of stitch cannot be distinguished until the bag has been cleaned. With finer bags (N. 641), it is therefore not unusual to suspend a piece of prepared bark at the back of the bag, in order to protect it against perspiration and dirt of the body (see fig. 143). For the purpose of ornamenting the bags, the cord is often made of fibres dyed beforehand, or else the already made cord is afterwards coloured with a liquid pigment, in which case the colouring often does not penetrate to the interior fibres. It is also not unusual, in places where traders import coloured calico, to find the...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528174
  • 9781236528179