Malaita region, Solomon Islands
This delicate wood comb (local name faa) comes from the Kwaio people of the Malaita region, Solomon Islands. It is made of fine strips of split palm wood bound together using dyed and woven bands of plant fibre. The delicate binding forms an intricate geometric pattern evident of the specific cultural region. Dating from the early 20th Century, this comb was used as a hair ornament and would have been traditionally worn only by men during important traditional ceremonies.