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Cloth - Maria Simari, Spanish Broom, Australia, circa 1992 Object Reg. No: SH 922785

Summary:
Cloth made from beaten Spanish broom, made by Mrs Maria Simari, circa 1992. She was a participant in the Australia Council funded project, Contemporary Craft & Cultural Identity. Spanish Broom is a medium sized shrub, the stem fibres are used mainly for coarse fabrics, cordage and paper. This is done by beating the stems with a mallet, seeping them in water, then separating the fibres out. The stems are very pliable and can be used in basketry.
Description:
Rectangular beige cloth with two sky blue parallel stripes at each end.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs M. Simari, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 70.00 cm (Height), 75.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, handcrafts, italian communities, italian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker: Mrs M. Simari, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1992
Place Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
References: Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project, by Deborah Tout- Smith and Anna Malgorzewicz for MoV and Monash University History Dept, 1992.
"Italian Craftsmanship & Building in Victoria", Migration & Settlement Office Library.

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