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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Handicrafts
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Framed embroidery

This is a framed embroidery, made with wool, depicting an early, unofficial Australian coat of arms. The coat of arms is composed of a blue shield of four quarters that encloses a burgundy cross with five small white crosses, one at its centre and the others on each arm of the cross. The first quarter of the shield displays ...

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Crazy patchwork quilt, 1890-95

This is a crazy patchwork quilt, measuring 202.5 cm x 268.0 cm, made by Rebecca King (1859-1915) in the late 19th century. The 'crazy' elements are immediately evident as the eye begins to take a journey across a spinning mosaic of different shapes and colours, which the artist created by sewing hundreds of small units ...

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Hmong banner

This is a banner made by Hmong women from Laos consisting of an embroidered design on blue background, inside a border of blue, grey and white fabric. The embroidery depicts scenes of a farming community and shows men and women, sometimes with children, performing the tasks of sowing, reaping and processing various crops ...

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Banner depicting a Hmong migration story, c1985-92

This is a banner consisting of an embroidered design on a blue background, inside a border. The embroidery depicts the migration of the Hmong people from their homeland. It shows a village scene with one soldier about to set fire to the huts and others pointing guns at the Hmong. There are scenes depicting work and the ...

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Latvian belt, c1970

This is a woven belt, using traditional Latvian patterns symbolising the morning star. The ornate design indicates it is part of a woman's costume. The dimensions of the belt are 268 cm x 5 cm.

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Quilt celebrating Women on Farms Gathering in West Gippsland, 1999

This quilt celebrates the tenth Women on Farms Gathering at Warragul, Victoria, in 1999 and was on display for the duration of the Gathering. It has thirteen quilted and embroidered panels that illustrate many elements of rural life and farming enterprises in the West Gippsland region: a timber forest (representing Powelltown ...

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Countermarch floor loom, 1945-50

This is a loom made from recycled timber. The loom is fitted together with wooden pegs and steel bolts, and is made up of many pieces, which allow it to be dismantled and reconstructed. Its dimensions are: 1.43 m (length) x 1.70 m (width) x 1.88 m (height).

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Knitting sampler, 1876

This knitting sampler was made in the former Czechoslovakia in 1876. Stored on a roller, it is a long narrow strip of white cotton featuring 70 different patterns created using fine needles. Some of the patterns are very intricate. A maker's mark ('Knitted, 'FM 1876') is incorporated into the first panel. The sampler is ...

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'Making Do' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The panel consists of images and handwritten words on a pale blue and gold background. The Eureka flag, made from fabric, forms the centrepiece of the design. Across the top are small ink drawings of items including a house, a windmill and toys. There are photographic ...

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'Thaal the black eagle, Mal the red eagle', 1994

This is an earthenware clay pot made in 1994 by Thancoupie (1937-). Measuring 29 cm (height) x 32 cm (diameter), the pot is almost spherical with a small, irregular opening at the top. It is covered with bold decorative designs that have been carved into the surface as thick dark lines set against the off-white colour of ...

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Sampler by Isabel Buist, 1839

This is a hand-embroidered needlework sampler made in 1839 by nine-year-old Isabel Buist in Tasmania (then known as Van Diemen's Land). The rectangular linen cloth is embroidered with cross-stitch in coloured cotton thread. Starting from the top, the sampler features two sets of the alphabet in grey and blue thread, the ...

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Merrepen, 2005: Collecting roots and dye

This clip shows a group of women from the Merrepen Arts Centre at Nauiya on the Daly River in the Northern Territory collecting merrepen and pandanus leaves for weaving as well as merrepen seeds for dyeing. The clip is narrated by Marrfurra from the Daly River area in her own language with English subtitles.

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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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Bendigo Pottery 'Waverley Ware' jug, c1925-35

This is an earthenware 'Waverley Ware' jug with a low, sharply carinated body, wishbone handle and long spout, manufactured at some stage between 1925 and 1935. The jug has been glazed in brown and streaked with a lighter colour. Fixed to one side of the jug is an oval silver paper label.

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Wedding dress worn by Hannah Palser Prior, 1882

This is a wedding dress worn by Hannah Palser Prior on her wedding day in 1882. The dress is made from silk gauze and has a cream wool-and-silk trained bustle. The skirt is trimmed with shirring and pleating and the cuffs and yoke are ruched white satin. The dress has a cuirasse bodice with a high round neck, long sleeves ...

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'Celebrations 2001' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Sydney artist Martin Sharp. The background colour is blue, with gold borders on the top and bottom, and small gold panels enclosing red text. In the centre is a large red map of Australia with the word 'Eternity' in handwriting inside. Written across the panel is the complete quotation: ...

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Hindeloopen style foot stove, 1994

This is a foot stove painted in 'Hindeloopen' style. It is a small portable wooden box, open on one side, and is painted a warm red shade with green base and top. It has floral motifs and other decorations painted on it.

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Kurdish kilim, 1993-94

This is a traditional Kurdish kilim, handwoven in scarlet wool with multicoloured geometric patterns picked out in green, yellow, black and blue. The kilim is fringed with the white cotton warp threads and has been worked in bands; alternating between red, black and multicoloured sections.

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Wooden Frozen Charlotte doll, c1880

This hand-carved wooden doll was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 40 mm x 7 mm, and was in use in about 1880.

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Ceramic pot, c1880

This is a ceramic pot, inscribed 'HOLLOWAY'S / FAMILY OINTMENT / FOR THE CURE OF / SCROFULOUS AND INDOLENT TUMOURS / INVETERATE ULCERS / ULCERATED SORE LEGS, BURNS, SCALDS, RINGWORM, SORE HANDS / AND ALL CUTANEOUS DISEASES / GOUT AND RHEUMATISM'. The pot measures 49 mm (length) x 49 mm (width) x 39 mm (height).