Skirt

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Registration number
24570
Item name
Skirt 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
ngatjin/balarra 
Maker
Malilirr (dec.)  
Associated cultural group
Gupapuyngu people 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Milingimbi
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Collector
Milingimbi Crafts 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1981 
Acquisition method
Donated by Alumni Association 
Raw material
bark; ochre
Dimensions
H: 535 mm W: 1235 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Pubic cover made of bark fibre strands; twined band along the top edge; bark strands and band ochred. Registration number 24570 marked with tag.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibitions 'Women with Clever Hands past and present' curated by Louise Hamby August 2013. Exhibition label: Bark fibre was separated from the outer bark and beaten to make the elements of this cover.

NATJIN or BALARRARR - bark fibre skirt by Malilil. Part of a series of 31 items (24549 to 24579) relating to the WAGILAG SISTERS SONG CYCLE [story detailed at 24554]. Items 24520 through 24548 also bought from display. Another item related to the Wagilag Sisters' song cycle is found at 1838.

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