Zelda Wurgiur – Gunga bathi (#251-18)

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Woven bathi by Zelda Wurgiur

Yolŋu have been using local plant fibres to weave everyday functional objects since pre-colonisation. Yolngu make beautiful mats, dilly bags and baskets from pandanus and bush string and natural dyes. As young girls they learned to weave from their mothers and their grandmothers. Pandanus fibre is collected, processed and dried in the sun. It is then dyed by boiling in a natural colour. Roots, shrubs, leaves and seeds can be used to make the dye. The weaving of the basket to a desired shape requires great skill.

Woven gunga dyed with guninyi, 11 x 7 x 7 cm

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