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99/6/18 Clothing outfit, 'Kau Abor', womens, comprising of dress, leggings (pair), scarf and cap, mohair / polyester / textitle, by Jenny Kee / Linda Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1976-1977. Click to enlarge.

'Kau Abor' outfit by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson

Made
Jenny Kee collection of clothing, textiles, artwork and archive, Australia/England/Japan/Africa/USA 1967-1995

Jenny Kee (born Sydney 1947) is one of Australia's most important designers, best known for designing and retailing a unique range of colourful clothing and knitwear. One major theme links all aspects of this collection, Jenny Kee's love of Australia's unique natural environment. Her garments are a canvas for her artwork featuring images of native flora and fauna, the opal gem stone …

Summary

Object No.

99/6/18

Object Statement

Clothing outfit, 'Kau Abor', womens, comprising of dress, leggings (pair), scarf and cap, mohair / polyester / textitle, by Jenny Kee / Linda Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1976-1977

Physical Description

Womens ensemble 'Kau Abor', comprising a dress, leggings, scarf, worked in black and white mohair, featuring abstract black and white design with bold black shapes on a white ground. Additional shapes extend from body of garment.

Dress: loose fitting, midcalf length dress with high straight neckline and long straight sleeves. The dress is handsewn and unlined.

Leggings: a pair of leggings in the same black and white mohair. They are handsewn and unlined.

Scarf: long scarf in the same black and white mohair.

Cap: close fitting cap made of black and white printed fake fur. The cap fastens under the chin with two ties and it is machine sewn and unlined.

Production

Notes

This ensemble was designed by Jenny Kee, Australia.

Inspired by designs of the Kau tribes of Africa.

Jenny Kee used a number of home-based, hand knitters to knit garments. She would provide them with the design and wool swatches for each colour.

The printed fake fur cap was made by Linda Jackson.

This ensemble was made in 1977.

History

Notes

This ensemble was worn with black cats' eye glasses and it was featured in Italian Vogue.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

3 February 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Kau Abor' outfit by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 12 August 2022, <https://ma.as/167406>

Wikipedia

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