Dobie WURRKIDJ, Handbag Enlarge 1 /1


Djalama/Kunwinjku people

Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia born 1924

Handbag 2002 Description: orange/brown Cat no: 15-42W-02
Place made: Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, fibrework, pandanus, natural dyes

Dimensions: without handle 24.0 h x 30.0 w cm with handle 54.0 h x 30.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2003.283

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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