CHRISTIAN, Edie; Hat
This hat by Edie Christian is one in a collection of contemporary Norfolk Island weavings in the Queensland Art Gallery’s Collection (see Acc. nos 2007.083-092). The style of hats woven by Norfolk women today are very similar to those favoured by sailors in the eighteenth century, brought by the Pitcairn Islanders (see Acc. no. 2007.088). Current influences in both style and materials emerge mostly from attendance to the Pacific Arts Festivals and other cultural events.
Woven hats were originally made as utilitarian objects for a population that was largely subsistent on agriculture and fishing. Hats are now made mostly for people to wear during the national holiday 'Bounty day', which commemorates the landing of the Pitcairn Islanders and in which descendants march in traditional dress through the streets. The Norfolk Island hats in the Gallery’s Collection show both the continuation of historical techniques and patterns as well as contemporary influences.
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