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bark cloth shorts
  • Bora peoples
  • bark cloth shorts, late 1800s–1985
  • Where object was made: Pebas ?, Peru
  • bark cloth, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27.5 x 39.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 13/16 x 15 9/16 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Margaret S. Hodges
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6907

The pair of shorts is made from light natural colored bark cloth. The decoration is dark brown. There is a rectanglular outline on top with either an additional small rectangle at either end. There is a horizontal brown line inside. The very wide upside down "U" shape on either side of the seam has a line following the overall shape and short vertical lines from the middle line. There is a wavy line at the bottom, around the leg holes. The vertically oriented composite geometric shape on either side of the seam on the back has short thick vertical lines and small, short brown lines oriented vertically or horizontally.

There is a drawstring at the waist.