Woven diagonal single element plain weave basket with rigid handle.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander basket
Coconut leaf and midrib, commercial string. When made, the basket still had hint of green in the leaf. Over time, as the leaf dried, the green disappeared.
History and use
On Pentecost, Vanuata, women use these getvarara baskets to carry taro, yam, and sweet potato from the village gardens. Usually, yam and taro are placed in the bottom of the basket, and firewood is placed on top with leaves such as cabbage, to be used for cooking.
This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s. Alice makes many baskets to be sold in Townsville at retail outlets and markets. Commercial string is used to bind the handle. On Pentecost, wild hibiscus fibre is used instead.