Woven wall hanging with owl motif. Commercial coloured acrylic yarn woven onto plastic coated 'Solrais' rice bag. Wooden pole attached to top as support.
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
ORNAMENTS Mixed Media ornament
HANDCRAFTS Needlework tapestry
L. 560 mm without fringe, 660mm with fringe. W. 390 mm
Acrylic yarn, plastic netting, wood
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
This brightly coloured wall hanging has been woven onto a repurposed rice bag. One the reverse side of the weaving the designs of the 'solrais' brand sack are still faintly visible.