Tag Archives: Fibers

Shell money

The token, shown above, is a form of currency made in New Guinea.  A closer examination reveals its intricate construction.  Once again, thanks to Heather – a more careful description can be recorded. The piece is made up of many … Continue reading

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Under the microscope

Before recently leaving Temple, Heather Veneziano visited Muriel and me in the Lab to look at a few artifacts made of fiber under a USB 200x microscope. Heather spent nearly 5 years as the Technical Assistant in the Tyler Fiber … Continue reading

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Tactile

Heather Veneziano, of the Fibers Department at Temple’s Tyler School of Art, recently visited the Anthropology Lab with her class, Intro to Fibers (see her blog post here). During the class period we looked at many fiber-based artifacts in the … Continue reading

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Knotted string body armor

The knotted string body armor, shown below, is made from the inner bark of a tree.  It was collected in Papua New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia by Denise O’Brien. “The knotting uses variations on a continuous figure-8 technique. The string … Continue reading

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