Photo by Samuel White Sweet, 1825-1886. Portrait of unidentified Aboriginal woman wearing a possum skin cloak, carrying a child on her back, South Australia, ca. 1870s?

Portrait of unidentified Aboriginal woman wearing a possum skin cloak, carrying a child on her back, South Australia, ca. National Library of Australia.

Traditional aboriginal possum-skin cloak (Australia)

The Djargurd Wurrong possum skin cloak was worn by Gunditjmara Elder Ivan Couzens at the Opening Cer…

Treahna Hamm. 2005. Gulpa Ngar-Wu.Possum skin, wire, sticks, raffia, grass, straw, feathers, string and gumnuts.

Margie West, Strings Through the Heart: the proliferation of coiling across Australia

'Figures in possum skin cloaks', 1898, by William Barak [Wurundjeri (c.1824–1903)], National Gallery of Victoria. Possum skin cloaks/rugs were commonly bought by diggers from local indigenous people (in NE Vic, from inhabitants of the Tangambalanga reserve).

'Figures in possum skin cloaks', by William Barak [Wurundjeri National Gallery of Victoria. Possum skin cloaks/rugs were commonly bought by diggers from local indigenous people (in NE Vic, from inhabitants of the Tangambalanga reserve).

Detail Wally Cooper Yorta Yorta/Moidaban. Born 1949  Possum Skin Cloak 2000 Possum skin, paint 113.5 x 115 cm "The safety and the warmth of a cloak is a real thing, you wrap it around you and c..."

Born 1949 Possum Skin Cloak 2000 Possum skin, paint x 115 cm "The safety and the warmth of a cloak is a real thing, you wrap it around you and c.

Possum skin cloak:  Wadi Wadi. "Back years ago, when a child was born, they'd start off with one or two little possum skins and as the child grew older, pieces would be added. So by the time it got to adult stage, they'd have all these other added pieces on there for that particular person. They'd protect you from the cold, protect you from the heat, be a nice rug."

Phoebe Nicholson wore the Wadi Wadi cloak at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth…

possum skin cloaks victoria indigenous

It’s not difficult to find reference to Indigenous ethnographic designs in contemporary Australia. Motifs from Adelaide’s Balarinji Design Studios coat Qantas’ Boeing fleet and elders wore Victorian possum…

Possum skin cloaks markings #quiltytourist

Possum skin cloaks markings #quiltytourist

A large possum skin rug, late 19th/early 20th century

A large possum skin rug, late century

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