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National Museum of Ethnology t-shirt


National Museum of Ethnology t-shirt

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Physical description

White t-shirt printed with red black yellow purple red and yellow snake with black eyes and a branch with three leaves on brown background. The words Aboriginal Australia is incorporated into the design and overlapping the right corner. Below the design there is an emblem and the name National Museum of Ethnology. The design at the back of object is identical to the front.

Statement of significance

Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2 comprises a wide range of art and craft items including batik fabrics and clothing, pokerwork animals, acrylic paintings and children's drawings.

Ernabella Arts is significant as one of the longest running Aboriginal art centres. Started in 1949, its artists are mainly women although men have been participating at an increasing rate of late. Over the years, many product lines have been attempted with batik being one of the most successful. It was introduced by Winifred Hilliard who was arts co-ordinator at Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. She is fondly remembered there largely due to role of assisting the artists rather than directing them what forms of art and craft to produce. In terms of the history of indigenous art and craft production in Australia both Ernabella Arts and Deaconess Hilliard hold significant postions.

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