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Slippers - Japanese, Leather & Paper, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 018211

This pair of Japanese slippers with leather and paper soles was exhibited at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. Amongst dramatic displays of silks, bamboo, porcelain and enamelled ware, the Japanese court of the International Exhibition included 'some very curious articles of apparel made of fibrous paper', including these slippers with paper soles (Official Catalogue, p.cxxi).

The 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition aimed to show international and local 'works of industry and art'. Displays of traditional cultural materials and objects focused on economic and aesthetic value rather than cultural significance.
Pair of slippers of woven cream fibre, interwoven with darker fibre. Blue trim; flat leather and paper soles.
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Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 3.00 cm (Height), 8.00 cm (Width), 23.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, handcrafts
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Paper label adhered to one sole inscribed: Presented to the Trustees / of the Public Library and / Technological Museum / Melbourne.

A smaller paper label (same adhered to both soles) has printed inscription: I / & T. Museum / Melbourne / 18211
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Place & Date Made: Japan, circa 1880

Place made deduced from the Japanese style and display in Japanese Court of the 1880 International Exhibition.

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