Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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grass skirt
  • unknown Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) maker
  • grass skirt, late 1800s–1929
  • Where object was made: Hawaii, United States
  • plant fiber, string
  • Object Height/Width: 67.5 x 127.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 26 9/16 x 50 3/16 in
  • Gift of David W. Holroyd
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6661

The grass skirt is made of light natural plant fibers. The waistband is knotted in a diamond design and the remainder of the plant fiber is left to hang loosely. It is knotted over string and the ends are left free to tie.