Made from strips of pandanus leaf, these flat satchels might have been used to store folded isala or barkcloth turbans. Rubu were popular collection items from the early 19th century, probably because of the extensive range of patterns they display. Some of the motifs, like those on the largest bag displayed in the centre, may have been inspired by lace.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 30023