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91/1230 Milk jug cover, machine-made, kangaroo motif, cotton, made in Australia, 1920-1940. Click to enlarge.

Milk jug cover, machine-made, kangaroo motif, cotton, made in Australia, 1920-1940

Made
Examples of embroidered and crocheted pieces could be found in most Australian homes in the late 1800s to mid 1900s. Beaded covers such as this one were used to protect milk, sugar and other foods from flies and insects, which proved particularly troublesome in Australia particularly in the days before household refrigerators. The beads served not only as a decorative item, but for weighting the cover so that it would not fall off the jug. The fly problem diiminished when cars replaced horsedrawn vehicles and when dung beetles were introduced towards the end of the twentieth century.

Along with their practical function, doilies and milk jug covers served a decorative purpose. From as early as the 1830s designs have incorporated native flora and fauna motifs, which became increasingly popular towards the turn of the century as an increased sense of nationalism emerged, marking a shift away from the design influences of England and Europe in favour of an Australian design aesthetic. Embroidery and crochet work provided a much needed creative outlet for some, a restful leisure activity for others or as a way to commemorate significant events or supplement the family income. Filet crochet was encouraged as a feminine craft by women's magazines and journals in the early 1900s, and patterns featuring popular designs such as flora, fauna and commemorative motifs were published.

Summary

Object No.

91/1230

Object Statement

Milk jug cover, machine-made, kangaroo motif, cotton, made in Australia, 1920-1940

Physical Description

Milk jug cover, machine-made, kangaroo motif, cotton, Australia, 1920-1940

Small square fine machine lace jug cover with kangaroo with joey in pouch, and vegetation. Plain crochet edge, with loops containing single white round beads.

Dimensions

Height

155 mm

Width

145 mm

Production

Made

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr Ian Rumsey, 1991

Acquisition Date

29 October 1991

Cite this Object

Harvard

Milk jug cover, machine-made, kangaroo motif, cotton, made in Australia, 1920-1940 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 November 2020, <https://ma.as/112128>

Wikipedia

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