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

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.
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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