String bag

Production date
Circa 2005
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Bag made from nylon string. White with three rows of red stripes and a single green stripe through the middle.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag
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Measurements
L. 240, W. 360mm
Media/Materials description
Nylon string, paper
Signature/Marks
HELEN Baret \ Present by Loise and Malachi \ 2005 Isobel \ Bush \ bag \ fr nylon
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 with natural fibre string, though this more recent example has been constructed from nylon twine. This bag was given to the donor as a gift and was donated still in its original wrapping.
Registration number
E40728

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