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Helen Ganalmirriwuy 

b.1955
Liyagawumirr/Garrawurra clan

Gunga Mat (Black Pandanus Mat) 2017
Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes
74cm / 160cm including fringe
#3334-17

Black pandanus is made using organic native materials harvested in Milingimbi. In Yolngu culture designs and colors have a long history of being owned by specific peoples and clans. Clan designs were prescribed during creation and are intertwined with complex law and ceremony. In more recent history, clans took ownership of colors as a result of generations of contact with traders from Indonesia; specific colored cloth was given to different clans by the Indonesians and this practice helped the visitors to easily identify which clan they were approaching as they came to shore.
Today identity, design and color continue to be entwined. The singular use of black pandanus is reserved for Margaret Rarru and Helen Ganalmirriwuy. Over time, as their sisters, daughters and nieces develop their skills and express their commitment to their craft Rarru and Ganalmirriwuy will pass on the use of this color.

$2200 US / $2750 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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