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Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga

Plate 6. Poncho, Kilt, and Mat

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Plate 6. Poncho, Kilt, and Mat.

A. Plaited poncho (tiputa) of lauhala: nine or ten wefts to the inch; width, 19 inches; depth in mesial line to neck, 16.25 inches; neck opening square, 8 inches wide and 4 inches deep in position shown; fringe of tou bast dyed red, 3.75 inches deep.

B. Kilt (tipora or mahere) of a plaited band 40 inches long and 2.75 inches deep: six wefts to the inch; check; overlaid dyed wefts; fringe of tou bast 2.75 inches deep on lower border and 1.5 inches deep on upper border; lower pendent lauhala strips, 13 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

C. Lauhala sleeping mat (moenga): double wefts in check plaiting, pattern in overlaid plaiting of papa material dyed red; lenght, 9 feet 6 inches; width, 7 feet 10 inches.