From "Darkroom Soldier": "Trade Bilum. Measuring 6"x5" this bi-colored purse from Hill's collection is finely woven in traditional style: raised rows, continuous knots, half-maze design, plant fibers. The ivory and green twine may be a bush product created from pandanus, a yucca-like plant, though the uniform weave suggests a commercial twine available from a local trader. A round, woven, bi-colored (half brown, half green) loop forms the handle, and two eyelets that slip over two knotted knobs form the closure." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Milne Bay, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill