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The Deliberately Concealed Garments Project is supported by the the L.J. Skaggs and Mary D. Skaggs Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB). It is being undertaken at the Textile Conservation Centre. The research project was instigated by Dinah Eastop (Senior Lecturer TCC) in 1999. The project has four main aims: 1. To encourage deliberately concealed garment finds to be reported and documented. 2. To raise awareness of and develop a better understanding of this folk practice. 3. To advance conservation techniques and practices that can be used to sensitively preserve such finds. 4. To use the garments found and reported to learn more about textile and dress history, and folk traditions.
The Wool Shed, The National Museum of Sheep and Shearing follows the history and development of sheep farming in New Zealand of wool and of the shearing industry. The Wool Shed is the Centre of activity on all sheep farms and these authentic sheds follow the farming process through to the harvesting and processing of wool. The Centre is in two relocated pioneer woolsheds next door to Aratoi, the Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. The Wool Shed has three-dimensional displays of shearing shed plant and activities, along with interactive and video displays. This is also the home of Golden Shears the Internationally proclaimed Sport of Shearing. Live Spinners and Weavers ply there craft and meet every Wednesday and all can join in the discussion with them. Live sheep shearing and dogs working sheep are part of the programme that can be arranged with prior notice. Pure and Natural garments can be purchased along with other interesting pieces for the retail space. Right next door to Entice Cafe
Second Lives is a catalogue of my most beloved items acquired from second hand sources. This archive of reused and repurposed items showcases the different ways in which garments and accessories can be given a second life when adopted into a new wardrobe, in this case, my wardrobe! There are three sub-catagories (indicated in the second section of the object number) in which all items are sorted depending on how they have come into my possession: 1. Given to me by my mother. 2. Bought in a charity shop. 3. Bought in a 'vintage' store.
Bulli's Black Diamond Districts Heritage Centre Museum, located in an 1887 State Heritage listed building at the eastern platform Bulli Railway Station, was opened in 1989. The Centre houses a collection of railway and local coal mining artefacts, as well as exhibitions of social history eg Sherbrooke the Lost Village on Bulli Mountain. Of particular interest is the Blinkco Room Collection of a Woonona's family items from across the 20th Century. Most belonged to "the Blinkco Sisters", Elsie Blinkco and Rita Blinkco, and provide a window into the past eras of frugal living, re-purposing of objects, DIY, exquisite handworked garments, jewellery from throughout the 20th Century.
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