Bundle of three string bags tied together with green ribbon. Each bag made from a different fibre: nylon string, thread of a rice bag unravelled and natural fibre from a tree bark.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag
String bags are highly flexible. Lengths are approximate.
Nylon string bag - L640 mm
Plastic string bag - L880 mm
Bark cordage string bag - L690 mm
Nylon string, natural fibre string, unidentified plastic string.
BAGS to CARRY FOOD. \ Made from \ 1. Nylon string; \2. Thread of a rice bag unravelled; \ 3. Bark of a tree \ (overleaf) ISOBEL \ 2006.
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 commoly made and used on Santa Isabel. Original made from natural bark fibre string, more recently examples adopt new materials. This set of three bags has been bundled together and labelled by the donor in order to demonstrate the different materials used: bark fibre, nylon, shredded rice bag.