Yothu Bathi – Baby Basket by Margaret Rarru 8-19

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Woven yothu bathi by Margaret Rarru

Pandanus weavings have many functional and ceremonial uses in Yolngu daily life. Through regular use the objects absorb oils from the body that soften and preserve the fibre. Bamagura (a conical mat with fringe that can also be laid flat and folded) are used to cover and protect babies from insects, to be wrapped and swaddled in they also function as sleeping mats and play rugs. The yothu bathi coil weaving design was introduced by missionaries and has been practiced in Milingimbi since the 1940’s. 

Woven gunga(pandanus), 66 x 36 cm

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