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Susan Balbunga


Feather raki mindirr
Feathers are often used when making objects (including armbands and conical baskets) for ceremony. The process of incorporating feathers whilst twinning string from bark fibre takes great skill. In this piece Balbungu has woven her feather raki (string) into a mindirr (conical basket) made from gunga (pandanus). Today Balbunga is one of few artists that continue to make feather raki, she incorporates this into ceremonial and contemporary art objects. The raki (string) handles on this piece are made from the exposed roots of a specific species of fig tree. Fig tree raki can be identified by its pinky brown colour and soft texture.

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