Liku

Description
Made from hibiscus fibre, this garment (liku) is of a type that enveloped the hips of high-status married women on formal occasions. Liku were worn low on the hips with the ties knotted on the right hand side. First put on at puberty, their length and style marked a woman’s passage through life, and her achievements of childbirth.
Accession Loan No.
E2028
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
liku
Simple Name
girdle
Full Name
girdle (liku)
Dimensions
whole length 1650 mm; whole W 250 mm
Production Date
19th century
Production Year High
1880
Production Country
Fiji
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
hibiscus fibre; hibiscus fibre
Function Name
clothing
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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