Wild hibiscus fibre (gao-vai)

Production date
1989
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
One length of hibiscus fibre folded into a loose bundle.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander raw material
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Measurements
Weight:24g
Length:2230mm
Width:5mm
Media/Materials description
Wild hibiscus fibre
History and use
Hibiscus fibre prepared in this way - known as gao-vai - is used to make grass skirts. The fibre is obtained from new shoots of the wild hibiscus plant.

This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s.
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QE25612

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