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Skirt - African Women's Group, Setswane, Melbourne, circa 1990-1992 Reg. No: SH 920672
- Alternative Name(s): Kaiba, Sesotho
Skirt made by the African Women's Group, circa 1990-1992 in Melbourne. This item is one of nine purchased from the African Women's Group, which was established in 1984 by Amelia Sello, an immigrant from South Africa. Mrs Sello also teaches crafts to group members. This type of skirt is worn for everyday use by women of the Sesotho tribe. However, the style has become widespread throughout southern Africa.
- Skirt made of cotton fabric, printed in small, white, irregularly spaced dots on dark blue background. The skirt is gored, with an additional panel extending towards the back from the side seams for an apron- like effect. The skirt is fastened by tying the waistband extensions. The hem is trimmed with black bias binding. A narrow, decorative panel around the skirt consists of a band of the main fabric, reverse side showing, edged with black rick-rack braid. Two pockets on the front have been trimmed with reverse fabric and red rick-rack. The underside of the hem has been lined in white cotton fabric.
|Dimensions:||67.00 cm (Height), 80.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||handcrafts, cultural maintenance, ethnic groups, south africa culture, south african communities, south african immigration|
|Themes this item is part of:||Amelia Sello, South African Migrant & Artist, 1984, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection|
|Primary Classification:||CULTURAL IDENTITY|
|Secondary Classification:||Ethnicity - Clothing|
|Tertiary Classification:||regional costume|
|Maker:||African Women's Group, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990-1992|
|Other Association (See Comments):||Africa
This style of skirt was initially worn by members of the Sesoth tribe, however it is now commonly worn throughout Southern Africa.
|References:||Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project, by Deborah Tout- Smith and Anna Malgorzewicz for MoV and Monash University History Dept, 1992.|