Bag- woven plant fibre. Dyed pink fibre strands woven into repreating cross pattern. Handle of four plaited strands tied at top. Handles repaired with masking tape
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female bag
L260 x W220 x H35 mm
Plant fibre, dye.
Bag. \ Gift. \ Isabel 1950s, \much used \ and repaired by Helen. \ Prayer book taken to church and \ other uses
History and use
This bag 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 bag was given to the donor as a gift and used by her to carry prayer books.