Hunterian Museum Collection, GLAHM E.537
Art Historical Description
A fine sample of Fijian masi kesa fabric produced with paper mulberry bast. It is intricately stencilled in black, red and brown. This sample comes from the outer edge of a much larger fabric, a small section of the most iconographically complex part of the cloth – its outer border. It was donated to the Hunterian in 1887 by Dr David Blyth, a provincial medical officer in the British colonial administration of Fiji.
105.5cm (length) x 73cm (width) x 0.3-0.4mm (thickness)
Broussonetia papyrifera; Aleurites moluccana (sap expressed from outer wood); Syzygium rivularis; Syzygium effuse; Aleurites moluccana (soot collected from flames of burning nuts)
bark removal; pre-soaking; river-board cortex stripping; short bast soak; initial beating – wooden anvil and square beater; pre-fusing; lapped tab creation; spreading and homogenisation; flat-faced beater smoothing; composition pasting at sheet edges; post-completion conditioning; stencilled decoration; fringe cutting
Associated Fabric Types
Surface cleaned, humidified, tears and splits and delaminating areas supported with Japanese paper. Stored rolled on acid free tube.
Entry created on 28 August 2020