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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.