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Bowl - African Women's Group, Papier Mache, Melbourne, 1992 Object Reg. No: SH 920678

Alternative Name(s): Dish
Papier Mache bowl made by the African Women's Group, in Melbourne, 1992, as part of a programme to maintain traditional skills as well as pass such skills on to other women. Bowls such as these are sold by the group to raise funds for continued work by members.

These types of bowls were traditionally used as food containers. Papier mache dishes were traditionally made through necessity, from discarded newspapers and a paste made with water and flour milled in the previous years harvest. The traditional method of making these bowls is used by the group and the women view it as their contribution to re-cycling waste products and helping to keep the environment clean.
Circular bowl made of papier mache and decorated in oil paint. Final coat of varnish has been applied unevenly. Bowl is quite deep. Inside sur face painted, featuring brown ground, green five pointed star in centre, circled by shapes including red triangle, blue circle, red triangle, white circle, yellow square. Edging painted white. Outside surface plain dark blue.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 7.90 cm (Height), 26.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, cultural traditions, crafts, handcrafts, cultural maintenance, domestic work, housework, 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, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: paper craft
Maker: Victorian African Women's Group, Doveton, Victoria, Australia, 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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