Bag- woven plant fibre. Dyed purple fibre strands woven into repeating cross pattern. Handle of six plaited strands tied at top. Handles repaired with medical tape
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female bag
W. 320mm, H. 260mm
Plant fibre, tape
Isabel. \ Gift. \ Used \ repaired \ Carried personal items (eg. torch) \ Used on Sundays. \ 1950s.
Note: Helen carried \ medical items in \ these bags \ (used)
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 used by the donor on Solomon Islands to carry personal effects.