Mat (umbrella)

Production date
Unknown
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Vadhe- mat of wide pandanus leaves stitched together with burnt dot decoration along one edge.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander mat
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Production place
Measurements
L. 1000mm, W. 750mm approx
Media/Materials description
Plant fibres
Signature/Marks
Malaita \ Poker worked \ umbrella gift \ 1950-80 \ frayed (?) umbrella \ malaita \ gift 1950-80 \ Helen wove mats & \ (illegible) (illegible) umbrella \ occasionally. She was \ reluctant to use the traditional \ bed (?) umbrellas for fear of not \ drying them well.
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.

Mats/umbrellas such as these are commonly used for a range of purposes on Solomon Islands including as a rain cover and to carry bundles of food etc.
Registration number
E40694

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