Plant Sample - Spanish Broom, beaten, circa 1970-1990 Object Reg. No: SH 922786

Beaten Spanish broom, made by Mrs Maria Simari, 1970-1990. 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.
A clump of spanish broom stalks which have been beaten at the ends to reveal fine woolly fibres. The stalks are golden in colour and the beaten fibres resemble unspun sheep's wool. The stalks are bound together with a length of gold wool.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs M. Simari, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 6.00 cm (Height), 19.00 cm (Width), 37.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, italian communities, italian immigration, handcrafts
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: textiles
Maker: Mrs M. Simari, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970-1990
Place Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970-1990
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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