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Multi-dimensional Heirlooms

An object has the ability to unlock a hidden history, in ways that are unimaginable. Numerous TV shows and films focus on periods of history through the discovery of archaeological objects, a piece of jewelry, or furniture passed down through generations.

With communities and families displaced by famine, war or migration, these objects are far less likely to physically exist. Yet through our process of oral history, deep research into archives and storytelling we discover the memories of these objects.

The following multi-dimensional heirlooms, presented as 3D illustrations, demonstrate the power of memory. Each object has been carefully selected as an important feature of each part of the journey of migration.

The Girmit 3D Collection

You can see and interact with all 6 objects on Sketchfab.

You can embed the objects in to a website or place each object into a 3D environment, such as Mozilla Hubs.

Peepal Tree

The birthplace of Laali in the Central Indian village of Satohari. Laali and many generations of his family before him were born below this tree.

Flour Grinder

A key feature in the kitchen of Laali and Saati's home in Fiji - this grinder was brought from India and was used to grind spice, flour and seeds, to feed 4 generations of the family. It now sits in Fiji Museum as a reminder of the Girmit Generation

Wrapped Body

Rites of passage featured heavily in the lives and moments of the Girmityas. Death at sea was a deeply disturbing and traumatic feature.


The natural fruit which offered so much - quenching ones thirst in the heat of the fields. The flesh of the shell, the skin...every part of the coconut had a use.


The binding contract - the archive of unlocking these rich and complex stories.


The commodity that changed the way economies and societies in the west developed. The wealth generation, the affects on health and well being. The product which compelled the system.

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