Grass skirt

Production date
Circa 1980s
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Grass fibre skirt
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander skirt
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Measurements
L. 680mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibres
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.

The skirt was given to the donor in Solomon Islands. After Barrett's return to Brisbane, the skirt was often borrowed in Brisbane by visiting Solomon Islander women.
Registration number
E40705

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