Also From the Museum in Auckland

Hung up high, ie out of reach, was this taifaefae patchwork coverlet from Samoa, with the patchwork itself being a little less than than double-bed size, each of the tiny patchwork pieces forming the motifs measuring about 3/4 inch/ 1.5 cm approx square. Hard to tell if it was hand or machine sewn, and pieces that small will tend to buckle a little regardless of technique used.

I would love to have been able handle this breastplate and turn it over to learn more of the construction. An intriguing jigsaw of slices of bone, measuring about 10 inches /25 cm across, and with what looks suspiciously like blood on the two left hand side panels ….. my imagination is just too vivid for my own good sometimes.
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