String bag

Production date
1970-1980
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Isabel
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Description
String bag made from knotted white cotton thread.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag
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Measurements
L. 430mm, W. 140mm
Media/Materials description
Cotton string
Signature/Marks
Isobel \ 1970-80
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.

Originally such bags were made from natural bark fibre string, though this example uses cotton twine.
Registration number
E40731

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