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Susan Balbunga

Feather matt

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 mat made from gunga (pandanus). She has also included a ring of pink gunga dyed using plant materials. Plants used to make pink and purple dyes do not grow on the Crocodile Islands however they are found in the rocky country around Balbungu Homeland near Maningrida on the mainland. Today Balbunga is one of few artists that continue to make feather raki, she incorporates this into ceremonial and contemporary art objects.

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