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 Kenya, but possible that the (loose) label was associated with it erroneously.
Lynne Stumpe Comment (7 December 2011):
Probably a taniko belt or bandolier from New Zealand. 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.
Hirini Moko Mead (1968, reprinted 1987: 56, Plate 28) 'Te Whatu Taaniko: Taaniko Weaving', Auckland, New Zealand: Reed Methuen, illustrates taniko belts belonging to Mrs Joy Biggs, Auckland. The design motifs on 1988.142.181 are in an older style, however. 1988.142.181 may be a bandolier, which began to be made in taniko in the 19th century. European wool was also introduced as a weft material at this time (Mead 1987: 52).