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woven palm leaf
  • unknown Ne'ivi Davi (Highland Mixtec) maker
  • woven palm leaf, 1989
  • Where object was made: Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 78 x 21 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 30 11/16 x 8 1/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5202

The decoration is made by weaving palm leaf fibers around the center ridge of the leaf. Strips from the leaf are woven into a long, narrow oval and the ends of the strips are left exposed on one side of the weaving. The bottom loose fibers are tied around the ridge with a strip of fiber, the loose fibers at the other end are left straight and unbound.

It was used as part of Palm Sunday services.