Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia born 1954
[Weave Exhibition, Northern Editions Maningrida Women's Arts & Culture] 2002 Title Notes: NTU Gallery, August 6-16th
Place made: Maningrida, central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, fibrework, pandanus, natural dyes, bush string interlacing
This fish trap has an ambiguous shape that has a reference to the triangular pandanus skirts worn by women like an apron. They also have a reference to the Ancestral Djan’kawu for these Sisters gave birth to the clans and conical birthing mats, similar to this trap in form, are included in paintings on the subject. In this way they have cross-references to other woven objects in the collection as well as some of the bark painting collection.
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