About this object

A belt made of woven textile in quite coarse fibre with a lining of printed cotton and three sets of leather straps with metal buckles fastening the front. The design includes diamond shapes, zig-zags and triangles in black, natural, red-brown and orange-red. The cloth of the lining is printed black on red-brown in a rectangular geometric design. The lining is machine-stitched to the main part of the belt.

The main part of the belt is finger-woven in taniko style. The 'bottom' edge of the belt (if worn by a right-handed person) is likely to be the commencement edge with the wider, plaited, edge at the 'top' to finish off . One of the side edges has been cut and roughly finished and lies under the belt fastening.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Leather; Metal; Fibre; Fibre Textile Cotton; Textile
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Rossendale Museum, 1988
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    165 mm x 395 mm x 25 mm; 6 1/2 in x 15 9/16 in x in
  • Note
    Accessioned into the collection in 1988, following a return from Rossendale Museum, but possible candidate for a Royal Collection loan made to Rossendale in 1929.

    An item previously identified as a belt from Africa, possibly by comparison with 1988.142.18, which was probably mis-identified by a loose label saying 'Belt, Kenya'.

    Lynne Stumpe Comment (7 December 2011):
    A taniko belt from New Zelaand. Taniko is the decorative technique used on the borders of New Zealand Maori cloaks and other garments, see Mick Pendergrast (1987) 'Te Aho Tapu: The Sacred Thread',. Auckland, New Zealand: Reed Publishing and the Auckland Institute and Museum.

    Belts made with taniko weave were made in the 19th century but became more numerous from the 1900s onwards. Hirini Moko Mead (1968, reprinted 1987: 56, Plate 29) 'Te Whatu Taaniko: Taaniko Weaving', Auckland, New Zealand: Reed Methuen, illustrates a taniko belt belonging to a Mrs Joy Biggs, Auckland with one large buckle and a plain cloth lining. The design motifs on 1988.142.180 are in a much older style, however, indicating a date before 1900, and it's possible that an older piece of taniko was re-used to make a more modern item.

    Taniko belts may be a development of the waistband of piupiu (kilts or skirts), see Erenora Puketapu-Hetet (1989: 36, Fig 47) in 'Maori Weaving', Auckland, New Zealand: Pitman, Longman Paul. There was much innovation in taniko work from the 1900s onwards.
  • Related people
    Rossendale Museum (Previous owner)

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