Other formats

    TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  

Connect

    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

Arts and Crafts of the Cook Islands

Figure 33.—Coiled-work sennit caps: a, height, 222 mm.; inside diameter at rim about 180 mm. Foundation coil consists of a coir cord 4 mm. thick and the coiling element of sennit 4 mm. wide, coils after covering with the coiling braid being about 7 mm. deep. At rim, coiling is reversed for a couple of turns (1, 1) on either side to leave a gap in front 135 mm. wide, and foundation coil ends (2) on one side of opening. A pattern is worked with black dye in radiating and zigzag bands (3) above an…

Figure 33.—Coiled-work sennit caps: a, height, 222 mm.; inside diameter at rim about 180 mm. Foundation coil consists of a coir cord 4 mm. thick and the coiling element of sennit 4 mm. wide, coils after covering with the coiling braid being about 7 mm. deep. At rim, coiling is reversed for a couple of turns (1, 1) on either side to leave a gap in front 135 mm. wide, and foundation coil ends (2) on one side of opening. A pattern is worked with black dye in radiating and zigzag bands (3) above and lozenges (4) below. Pieces of braid 4 mm. wide are attached to rim by a running noose (5) around two lowest coils on one side and around lowest coil (6) on other; ends for tying under chin are joined with a weaver's knot (Bishop Mus., C2848). b, height 177 mm.; inside diameter at rim about 185 mm. This cap is older and stiffer than a, the foundation coil consisting of fine sennit, coir fibers, and a piece of vine which make it 6 mm. thick. Coiling element is fine sennit 2 mm. wide, and this makes the coiled work much neater than that of a. At rim, the foundation ends (1) without being reversed to form a front gap. (A pattern worked with black dye is too faded to distinguish.) A piece of sennit (2, 2) is run over top of cap forward of apex and down each side, being fixed at lower end with transverse turns (3) of fine coir cord which also includes a vertical strip of wood (4) 38 mm. long and 5 mm. wide on one side, the other having dropped out. Upper part of braid is fixed to cap by fine coir thread running up on inside and passing at intervals between coils to pass through a strand of outer sennit and then reenter cap through same inter-coil space. Lower ends of braid hang down for tying under chin. A piece of braid (5) running around outer side of rim is fastened to lower coil by turns of a single coir fiber (Bishop Mus., C2849).

Figure 33.—Coiled-work sennit caps: a, height, 222 mm.; inside diameter at rim about 180 mm. Foundation coil consists of a coir cord 4 mm. thick and the coiling element of sennit 4 mm. wide, coils after covering with the coiling braid being about 7 mm. deep. At rim, coiling is reversed for a couple of turns (1, 1) on either side to leave a gap in front 135 mm. wide, and foundation coil ends (2) on one side of opening. A pattern is worked with black dye in radiating and zigzag bands (3) above and lozenges (4) below. Pieces of braid 4 mm. wide are attached to rim by a running noose (5) around two lowest coils on one side and around lowest coil (6) on other; ends for tying under chin are joined with a weaver's knot (Bishop Mus., C2848). b, height 177 mm.; inside diameter at rim about 185 mm. This cap is older and stiffer than a, the foundation coil consisting of fine sennit, coir fibers, and a piece of vine which make it 6 mm. thick. Coiling element is fine sennit 2 mm. wide, and this makes the coiled work much neater than that of a. At rim, the foundation ends (1) without being reversed to form a front gap. (A pattern worked with black dye is too faded to distinguish.) A piece of sennit (2, 2) is run over top of cap forward of apex and down each side, being fixed at lower end with transverse turns (3) of fine coir cord which also includes a vertical strip of wood (4) 38 mm. long and 5 mm. wide on one side, the other having dropped out. Upper part of braid is fixed to cap by fine coir thread running up on inside and passing at intervals between coils to pass through a strand of outer sennit and then reenter cap through same inter-coil space. Lower ends of braid hang down for tying under chin. A piece of braid (5) running around outer side of rim is fastened to lower coil by turns of a single coir fiber (Bishop Mus., C2849).