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Aboriginal String Bags, Nets and Cordage - Alan L. West

Aboriginal String Bags, Nets and Cordage

Paperback Published: 1st September 2006
ISBN: 9780975837016
Number Of Pages: 184

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This fascinating book by anthropologist, Alan West, is an in depth study of the making of bags, nets and cordage and includes detailed diagrams and photographs of weaving techniques from the Indigenous communities on the west and east coasts of Cape York Peninsula.

Technical and Informative academic read. Well illustrated.


The black and white line illustrations throughout the publication are excellent. Photographs are not so clear and quite grainy. Text is quite technical and written with anthropological overtones from a Western perspective. Cover of the book is attractive, however there is no colour photographic content within the book which would have made it much more interesting. Use of everyday terminology for plants used would have been welcome as many of the species are described by their Latin botanical names: in some cases in language as well. I found this more of a thesis or exegesis, which I think it probably is, than a book to help fibre artists who cannot readily access the northern regions of Australia mostly featured in this publication.

Brisbane, Australia


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ISBN: 9780975837016
ISBN-10: 097583701X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st September 2006
Publisher: Museum of Victoria
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 24.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2

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