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.