Implement/string loop- twelve strands of twisted plant fibre twine with a handle at each end.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander cordage
L. 1130mm, W. 50mm
ISOBEL \ implement \ 1960-70's \ GIFT \ for carrying wood \ weight tremendous (?) \ Women's implement.
String for carrying \ firewood. \ The string is made from \ the bark of a tree
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 string loop with handles at either end would be used to carry bundles of firewood or market produce that has been wrapped in a pandanus mat.