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WRAPPED IN A POSSUM SKIN CLOAK

Posted by Peter L 
WRAPPED IN A POSSUM SKIN CLOAK
November 22, 2005 11:48AM
Is this another Aboriginal craft possibility that may have been overlooked? Is there an opportunity to make and market possum skin items, not just coats (But don't tell the New Zealanders about it though)?

Book Review By Bruce Elder
SMH November 22, 2005 - 9:49AM
More [www.smh.com.au]

WRAPPED IN A POSSUM SKIN CLOAK
By Amanda Jane Reynolds
National Museum of Australia, 64pp, $19.95



Once, nearly every Aborigine in Victoria and southern NSW wore a possum-skin coat. Of those thousands of coats, there are two in Museum Victoria's collection and four in collections overseas. They were remarkable garments. The 1853 cloak was made from 83 possum skins, stitched with kangaroo sinew and rubbed with ochre and fat.

This book tells the story of how two Yorta Yorta women and two Gunditjmara women decided to relearn the craft of possum-skin cloak-making. It describes, through pictures and text, their attempts to discover the techniques and symbols that had been forgotten for more than 150 years.
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