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Dress - African Women's Group, Chitenge, Melbourne, circa 1990-1992 Object Reg. No: SH 920673 1

Dress (Chitenge) made by the African Women's Group, circa 1990 - 1992. This type of garment is worn by women throughout Africa as a ceremonial or formal dress. However, older women wear a version with short sleeves and a wider head band. The dress is accompanied by a wide headband with separate tie.

The African Women's Group, was established in 1984 by Amelia Sello, an immigrant from South Africa. Mrs Sello also teaches crafts to group members. The work of Amelia Sello is documented in the publication "Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity" produced from the Australia Council funded research project.

Chitenge is the word used for 'material' or 'fabric' throughout Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania. It is usually very colourful and is sold in 2m long sections.
A sleeveless cotton dress with gored skirt, in green and gold tie-dyed pattern. The skirt has an additional, short layer attached at the waist.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 107.00 cm (Height), 97.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural maintenance, ethnic groups, handcrafts, south africa culture, south african communities, south african immigration
Themes this item is part of: Amelia Sello, South African Migrant & Artist, 1984, Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection, 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
References: Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project, by Deborah Tout- Smith and Anna Malgorzewicz for MoV and Monash University History Dept, 1992.

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