Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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uta (women's grass skirt)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • uta (women's grass skirt), late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • reed fiber
  • Object Height/Width: 85 x 55 cm
    Object Height/Width: 33 7/16 x 21 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2843

The skirt is made from strips of uta-a reeds knotted over a twisted plant fiber waist band. There is a large gap in the skirt fibers toward the middle of the waistband.