konapu (Apron)

About this object

History of use

Basic items of male dress, a front covering, worn with bark belt and with cordilyne leaves at rear. Metaphorically associated with males as a symbol of masculinity.

Cultural context

Everyday; ceremonial.

Physical description

An apron shaped like an extremely elongated oval and netted of bark fibre. The mesh is approximately 1 cm. Marsupial hairs are incorporated to form longitudinal stripes approximately 3 cm apart, with thirteen stripes in all.