Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia born 1924
2002 Description: oblong flat but slightly rounded bag with bands of colour, no handle Cat no: 271W02
Place made: Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, fibrework, pandanus, natural dyes
Dobie Wurrkidj’s Bag and Handbag reveal an innovative direction of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) weaving. The references to western handbags are mixed with techniques and forms more common in traditional weaving of baskets, dilly bags and string bags to produce these wonderful amalgam forms. Handbag forms can also be seen in the work of Julieanne Bangalang, Josie Maralngurra and Stephanie Nadjamerrek.
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