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Length of string

Date: c 1997
Overall: 175 x 70 x 60 mm
Medium: Fibre
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: String
Object No: 00031587
Place Manufactured:Maningrida

User Terms

    This ball of string was made from tree fibre and is typical of the central Arnhem Land use of available resources made into functional tools and equipment. String such as this could be then made into nets and bags or used by children for string-related games.
    SignificanceString has a myriad of uses and this example from Maningrida typifies the process used to produce it and the quality of the work itself.
    HistoryHandmade string from the inner bark of certain trees is used to make the traditional netted collecting bags and fish nets of northern Australia. The bark is stripped, then beaten or chewed to soften it, before it is rolled on the thigh or hip into lengths of string.

    The string lengths are spun onto a hooked stick that acts as a spindle and the resulting twine is then worked into netting or bags using loops and knots.

    Natural dyes and ochres are used to produce colours and by using twining and knotting techniques works are created for either their functionality or artistic merit.

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