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This is one of many photographs in the Museum collection related to Annan Fabrics – a textile design enterprise established by Anne Outlaw and Nance Mackenzie in 1941 in Mosman and known for its use of strong colours, Australian floral and faunal themes and Aboriginal motifs.
In this photograph, taken in 1947, Nance Mackenzie is showing her clients a length of fabric with a bird of paradise pattern called Strelitzia, which is a botanical name for the plant.
The Strelitzia is in the Powerhouse Museum collection and was donated together with other screen-printed textiles by Nance Mackenzie, by then Mrs Nan Kirkwood, in 1985.
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