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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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Latvian fabric, 1995

This is a length of red-coloured fabric, woven in the traditional colours and patterns of the Nica region on the west coast of Latvia. Dimensions: 27.06 cm x 72.5 cm.

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Lace panel by Cecilia Heffer, 2007

This is a machine-made and printed silk organza lace panel designed and made by Cecilia Heffer, Sydney. It is rectangular in shape and comprises circles of printed silk organza machine-stitched together to create a delicate openwork panel. The print depicts Australian wildflowers - banksias, flannel flowers and grevilleas.

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Bark cloth from Samoa, 1925-35

This is 'siapo', bark cloth manufactured from the paper mulberry plant and painted in Samoa at some stage between 1925 and 1935. This piece of siapo is large, rectangular and decorated with eight rectangular motifs patterned from a wooden block that has been rubbed with a light brown dye. Leaf-like shapes inside the rectangles ...

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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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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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Male and female textile employees sewing garments, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of male and female textile workers using industrial sewing machines to assemble garments in a large workshop at a textiles factory. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x ...

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Operating overhead cranes at a textile factory, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of male workers at a textile factory. They are operating overhead travelling cranes to lift racks containing spools of thread in and out of large metal dyeing vats. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its ...

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Textile workers cutting out garment patterns, 1950-60 - item 3

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of textile workers cutting and packing patterns for garment construction on long workbenches in a textile factory. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x height, 10 cm.

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Female textile employees sewing garments, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of female textile workers using industrial sewing machines to assemble garments in a large workshop at a textiles factory. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x height, 10 cm.

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Halfpenny token from Manchester House, 1858

This is a round copper halfpenny token, dating from 1858, that was probably made in Britain. The token features the name, location and business of the issuer, 'R.S. WATERHOUSE / MANCHESTER HOUSE / DRAPERY ESTABLISHMENT'. The reverse side depicts a child suspended from a walking trainer, with the words 'FOR READY MONEY / ...

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Patchwork coat, 1965-66

This is a full-length velvet and silk patchwork coat constructed from printed cotton velvet swatches in various colours. The coat features a centre-front opening, wide collar and long sleeves. It is fully lined.

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Metallic evening cap, 1918-20

This is a close-fitting women's evening cap made in oxidised silver metallic thread. It was designed and produced in Europe about 1918-20. The tambour work is made in fine metallic thread, possibly as a chemical lace with the backing dissolved. The thread appears to have a cotton core with metallic outer strip covering. ...

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Wedding dress worn by Agnes Thompson, 1833

This is a silk and cotton wedding dress with matching leather shoes. The dress is made from cream silk organdy, and it has a low, rounded neck, pronounced leg-of-mutton sleeves and a high waist. The seams have been stitched by hand using backstitch. The top of each sleeve is gathered into pencil pleats and this detail is ...

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Primary Connections: Material world

This comprehensive teacher resource explores a range of physical properties of natural and processed materials, including decomposition, absorbency and tensile strength, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Links are made between properties of materials and their use, and an investigation ...

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New Zealand Company flag

This is the flag of the New Zealand Company. It is made of wool bunting and linen, and measures 129.5 cm x 188 cm. It has the red St George Cross on a white background and, in the top-left corner, a smaller red St George Cross on a blue background with four white stars.

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Sally Cann sampler

This is an embroidery sampler made by Sally Cann in 1853 when she was ten years old. It is made from plain woven linen embroidered in wool threads, and measures 57 cm x 60.5 cm. Depicted in the sampler in rows divided by lines of embroidery stitches are (from top to bottom) the alphabet in upper case in two different styles, ...

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Pare 'eva (festival mask), c1906

This is a conical mask created in the Cook Islands in about 1906. The mask is constructed of tapa (barkcloth) over a light cane frame. A pole extends above the tip of the cone and is decorated with fibres and feathers. The eyes and mouth are cut out, and the tapa is hand-painted with black designs. Lines around the eyes ...

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Carcoar Court House sampler, 1851

This is a linen sampler embroidered in silk by a young girl, Mary Ann Gorringe, in Carcoar, New South Wales, in 1851. The sampler, a square with sides measuring 53.5 cm, has been worked on a tabby weave linen in green, fawn, light-brown and dark-brown silk thread. It features a cross-stitch border of stylised green and ...

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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 ...