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tassel
  • Shabe peoples
  • tassel, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Ethiopia
  • plant fiber, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 21 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 8 1/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0807
Description

This large tassel is made from string-like plant fibers. The end is folded over and wrapped with a thin strip of twisted plant fibers. The loose ends were then woven through each other at the end of the wrapped segment into a wide band of knots. The loose fibers from the knots were then gathered again and wrapped with a thin strip of twisted plant fibers. The ends were left loose, as a tassel. It is dark blue, except for a small cluster that was left undyed.