Tobi in the Linden-Museum, Stuttgart
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1. Men's loincloths from Tobi made from banana fiber and collected in the early 1900s by members of the Thilenius Expedition (for information about the Thilenius Expedition, see Ifiri Doitch). The supplementary weft designs show unmistakable kinship with the Fais machi and reinforce the oral histories of an ancient Fais-Tobi link.

The Tobian word for loin cloth is tah (Justin Andrew, 2010) and the Tobian word, machih or machiye, seems to refer to the cloth woven from hibiscus fibers and used for women's skirts.

Photographed at the Linden Museum, Stuttgart by Donald Rubinstein in July 2010.

Updated: August 16, 2020