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H'nard K'nore G'nirl (comprising, t-shirt, lavalava, 4 hula skirts and 'umbilical cord' belt)
1995-1997

Medium
cotton, coconut shell, raffia, jute, shells, wooden beads
Measurements
(a) 63.0 cm (centre back) 16.0 cm (sleeve length) (T-shirt)
(b) 170.0 × 174.0 cm (lavalava)
(c) 31.0 × 217.0 cm irreg. (yellow hula skirt)
(d) 14.0 × 143.0 cm (brown hula skirt)
(e) 22.0 × 175.0 cm irreg. (yellow hula skirt)
(f) 8.0 × 171.0 cm irreg. (orange hula skirt)
(g) 173.0 × 7.5 cm irreg. (belt)
Accession Number
1997.144.a-g
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1997
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Comprises a customised T-shirt, lavalava, 4 hula skirts and an umbilical cord belt. a - The pale green cotton knit T-shirt is decorated with pieces of coconut shell. The coconut shell was cut, sanded, oiled and polished by Raymond. The pieces are handsewn to the garment and are positioned to simulate the body of a traditional Polynesian dancer. On each shoulder are handsewn 3 large overlapping pieces of cocnut shell forming impressive shoulder pads while there are 7 shaped pieces handsewn around the neckline simulating a petal necklace. While the two smaller pieces of coconut shell are positioned on the breasts to form nipples and allude to nudity. b - A dark brown and black hand-printed cotton lavalava by Jean Clarkson. The fabric is decorated with patterns based on traditional Pitcairn island tapa and the lower border of fern leaves is a direct transfer print using the natural leaves. c - The yellow miniature hula skirt is hand plaited with plastic raffia. The skirt is formed with bunches of 6 threads (creating a fringe) tied to a support thread, that is tied or knotted to fasten the skirt. d - The dark brown miniature hula skirt is hand plaited with plastic raffia. The skirt is formed with bunches of 4 threads (creating a fringe) tied to a support thread that is tied or knotted to fasten the skirt. e - The yellow miniature hula skirt is hand plaited with plastic raffia. The skirt is formed with bunches of 8 threads with some threads split (creating a fringe) and tied to the support thread that is tied or knotted to fasten the skirt. f - The orange miniature hula skirt is hand plaited with plastic raffia. The skirt is formed with bunches of 4 threads with some threads split (creating a fringe) and tied to the support thread that is tied or knotted to fasten the skirt. g - The 'umbilical cord' belt is plaited from dark brown jute and has a central decoration formed from a polished coconut shell pieced with a cowrie shell. Each end has 4 plaited streamers.