Production date
Pre 1984
Solomon Islands
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Bag- woven plant fibre bag with flap over front, two interior compartments and open pocket on the back. Geometric designs on front flap
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
Production date
Pre 1984
Production place
L265 x W350 x H18 mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre
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 natural fibre bag has been woven in the style of a Western women's handbag. The bag was given to the donor as a gift when she left Solomon Islands after 40 years.
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