Shawl Item Number: Ca36 b from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Matching shawl for cotton dress (Ca36 a). The shawl is white and rectangular, with a black leaf motif arranged in a staggered double row on both ends.

History Of Use

Women's national dress (part a & b) made from indigenous cotton. Women spin the cotton and dresses are made to order. Traditionally, all dresses were white and border patterns were never repeated. The coloured threads are a new addition. Shorter, gathered skirts are giving way to traditional, long skirts. The shawl (netela) border is commonly worn over the left shoulder.

Cultural Context

clothing; national dress