Beaten Spanish broom, made by Mrs Maria Simari, 1970-1990. She was a participant in the Australia Council funded project, Contemporary Craft & Cultural Identity. Spanish Broom is a medium sized shrub, the stem fibres are used mainly for coarse fabrics, cordage and paper. This is done by beating the stems with a mallet, seeping them in water, then separating the fibres out. The stems are very pliable and can be used in basketry.

Physical Description

A clump of spanish broom stalks which have been beaten at the ends to reveal fine woolly fibres. The stalks are golden in colour and the beaten fibres resemble unspun sheep's wool. The stalks are bound together with a length of gold wool.

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