April 14, 2009

Prop - Possum fur blanket

Possum fur blanket that I just made for a documentary about convict William Buckley living in an Aboriginal community near Geelong, Victoria in the early 1800's. The skins were sourced from New Zealand where there is an endemic possum problem killing off all the native forests. They are a real pest in NZ and it is great that there are now many cottage industries using possum fur... mixed with merino wool, tails as scarves or made into the groovy slippers that I wore as I sewed!
Stitched for many hours with waxed linen thread. Approx 2 metres square.

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