Place mats

Production date
1950s
Country
Solomon Islands
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Object detail

Description
Pair of rectangular plant fibre woven place mats with double-layered edge trim
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander mat
Maker
Production date
1950s
Production place
Measurements
L355 x 253 x 8 mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre
Signature/Marks
Sample of \ Sikaiana \ weaving
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.

Upon her return to Brisbane, Barrett used these placements in church lectures in order to demonstrate weaving techniques.
Registration number
E40681

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