Beaded Links showcased the spiritual, cultural, political, environmental and economic life of numerous cultural communities.
The common heritage of the use of beads throughout Commonwealth nations was explored in this exhibition of historic and contemporary jewellery, costume and religious and ritual artefacts.
The exhibition included a stunning beaded dress from the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth II, 16th century glass beads from Nigeria, rosary beads which belonged to Cardinal George Pell's grandmother, Hindu rudraksha beads, maireener shell necklaces from Tasmania, and beaded moccasins from Canada.
The exhibition was curated by Jumoke Debayo and presented by the Australian Association for the Promotion of International Arts and Culture.
Beaded Links was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 10 August 2006 to 4 February 2007 in the First Australians Focus Gallery.
Banner image: Full length white evening dress belonging to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Chris Bond.