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Bridewealth bag
Date: 1999-2000
Medium: Cotton, rayon or synthetic fiber
Dimensions: H x W x D: 20.5 x 17.7 x 3.2 cm (8 1/16 x 6 15/16 x 1 1/4 in.)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: Madagascar
Object Number: 2000-13-31
Search Terms:
Female use
Marriage
Object is not currently on exhibit

Silk is especially popular for urban weddings, used for the bride's gown, but also for cloths that ceremonially wrap the couple, and for the ring bearer's pillow and the small handbag used by the bride to collect the couple's monetary gifts. Weavers in the capital continue to produce new products for local clients, including hand woven cloths designed to accent televisions and coffee tables. The growth in tourism finds yet another market for locally-woven vests, neck ties, scarves and other accessories.

Small, undecorated white cotton draw-string bag with a lustrous white rayon or synthetic fiber bow at the top and a knotted fringe at the bottom.

Acquired from Mama Rahary, Madagascar, 2000


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