Deadly Threads

Deadly Threads


7 - 30 May
Mon - Sun: 10am - 5pm


kuril dhagun, Level 1, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane

From colourful sporting jerseys to protest shirts, Deadly Threads showcases the history of Indigenous shirts.

Deadly Threads is a new showcase examining Indigenous shirts – born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia. In Deadly Threads, see over 170 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys.

From colourful sporting jerseys to protest and artists shirts, Deadly Threads looks at how the shirts have helped people freely express views, support community, show allegiances and champion causes.

Explore the origins and significance of the shirts and how they have become important symbols of identity, celebration and unity. Also, learn more about the regional companies and artists that have emerged as part of the flourishing Indigenous shirt business.