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Lamba and Lambamena

March 19, 2009 - March 30, 2009

Lamba and Lambamena

Shawls and Shrouds of Madagascar

Collected by Lenore Blackwood on a recent journey to the Malagasy Republic

Textiles have long been very  important in Malagasy culture and gifts of cloth have played a leading role in diplomacy, ceremonial occasions, courtship, marriage and funeral rites.

The word ‘lamba’ means cloth and ‘lambamena’ red cloth, but not necessarily the colour red as red refers to associations with the ancestors and today lambamena may denote any cloth used as a shroud.

Traditionally a lamba and a lambamena was handwoven from wild silk and many still are today.

Weavings in this exhibition/sale are mostly of wild silk or mulberry silk or a mixture of both.

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Gallery B

Selection of textiles and jewellery collected on other journeys in Africa, Asia and Latin America

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Preview Thursday 19 March 5.30 to 8.00 pm

Then daily except Monday from Friday 20 March till Sunday 29 March. Weekdays and Saturday 11.00 am to 5.30pm, Sundays 12.00 to 4.00 pm.

Regrettably, credit card facilities will not be available. Payment can be made by bank transfer or cash.

Lenore at home (02) 9572 9487  elembee@hotkey.net.au


March 19, 2009
March 30, 2009


13 Gurner Street
Paddington, NSW 2021 Australia
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02 9358 4968
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