The spectacular exhibition Feathers at the Etnografiska museet in Stockholm demonstrates how feathers were and still are used all over the world.
Feather costumes, one for a man (above) and one for a woman (below), are from the Ka’apor of Brazil, who wear these decorative items during their most important festival, at which children are named.
Eiderdown anorak with hood - Grönland (year 1883) and Katmandu (year 2000)
Tevau - Solomon Islands Feather Money.
The red feathers of this money were integrated into striplike coils of fiber. The feathers came either from the parrot Trichoglossus massena, or from a red-scarlet honey-eater named Myzomela cardinalis.
The islanders paid fines, ransoms, and blood money in feather money. It was too valuable to be useful for an everyday medium of exchange.