Bedding mats (viri viri gi)

Production date
1989
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Two woven bedding mats made from two separate coconut leaves with leaflets all knotted along the midrib so as to all fold in one direction.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mat
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Measurements
Weight:636g(a) 582g(b)
Length:1890mm(a) 1820mm(b)
Width:560mm(a) 570mm(b)
Media/Materials description
Coconut leaf
History and use
Bedding mats, or viri viri gi, are placed beneath a sleeping mat (ebe) to provide padding. The midribs face outwards and the leaflets provide the cushioning. They are also used to sit on during ceremonies if a woven mat is unavailable.

This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s.
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QE25617

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