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Tie  (cravatte)
Date: 1999-2000
Medium: Cotton, rayon or synthetic fiber
Dimensions: H x W: 120.0 x 8.4 cm (47 1/4 x 3 5/16 in.)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: Madagascar
Object Number: 2000-13-29
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Male use
Object is not currently on exhibit

Beyond its use as a shoulder wrap, tailored handwoven silk fashions are increasingly popular among the inhabitants of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. Because of its luxuriousness and high price, these items are usually reserved for formal events. Fashionable dinner parties today see men in tailored vests and ties and women in dresses--all of hand woven silk. 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. This particular tie is woven from synthetic fiber. It is embellished with a weft-float design called aloalo, which refers to the commemorative grave posts used in the south of the island.

Man's off-white rayon or synthetic fiber tie with subtle white weft-float design called aloalo that refers to the commemorative grave posts used in the south of the island among the Mahafaly peoples. There is a loose white "slip knot" of the same material attached.

Purchased from Madame Antananarivo, Madagascar, 2000

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