Loin cloth fragment

ChimĂș people buried their elite with large quantities of textiles. The discoloured areas on this loin cloth are a result of contact with a decomposing body. The central figure wears a crescent headdress that evokes the moon, the principal ChimĂș deity. The moon was considered mightier than the sun because it appeared in both the daytime and nighttime sky.

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How is this loin cloth different than everyday loin cloths and those from other parts of the world?

responded: May 13, 2010

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Pictured is an installation view from the TMC exhibition Kai Chan: A Walk in the Wilderness, which features a number of loincloths and aprons from the museum's collection that were selected by the artist for inclusion in the exhibition. The loincloths shown are made out of a great variety of materials -- fur, feathers, seeds, bark, glass beads, cowrie shells, cotton and hemp -- and come from Papau New Guinea, Philippines, Congo and Togo. More information about these artifacts can be found at http://www.textilemuseum.ca/apps/index.cfm?page=collection.browse&startRow=1&sub=Exhibition: Kai Chan: A Walk in the Wilderness&cat=Exhibition&id=73&dis=12&sortBy=Artifact Name

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