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Margaret Rarru

b. 1940
Liyagawumirr/Garrawurra clan

Bathi Mul (Black Dilly Bag) 2017
Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes
11.5 x 6 in / 29 x 15cm

The conical dilly bag form is common across Arnhem Land, variations of this design are used for collecting specific types of ŋatha (food). When used of ceremonial purposes the bathi is painted with clan designs in ochre.
The development to dying pandanus using natural pigments was introduced by missionaries and has been widely practiced in Milingimbi since the 1940’s. Producing dark colours from natural dyes is difficult however Margaret Rarru has mastered this craft. Bathi Mul are simple yet enigmatic objects that exemplify Rarru’s deep knowledge of natural dying and form.

$650 US / $800 AU

Available on request – please send enquiry to [email protected]

This artwork is currently on exhibition in Los Angeles, USA. Prices do not include freight. Freight costs will be calculated from Los Angeles to an address that you provide. We will be in touch shortly with a shipping quote.


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