Painted bathi by Margaret Rarru
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. The weavers palette is informed by which natural dying material (leaves and roots) are particular to their Country.
Woven gunga (pandanus) with painted surface, 38 x 20 x18 cm
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