String bag made from knotted nylon thread. Orange with red, yellow and blue stripes
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag
L. 600mm, W. 160mm
NYLON \ STRING
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.
String bags are commonly made and used on Isabel. Traditionally such bags would have been made of natural fibre string, though this more recent example has been constructed from nylon string.