Baskets and belonging
Indigenous Australians have always made a striking array of baskets and bags. Elegant and skilfully made, these beautiful objects reveal much about Aboriginal Australia.
Baskets reflect the deep connection between people and place central to Aboriginal identities for at least 55,000 years. Never one people, more than 300 distinct language groups lived across the continent when the first British settlers arrived in the late 1700s.
They made and used few objects: their riches were and still are intellectual, philosophical and religious. The baskets, containers and fibre art shown here shed light on the histories of these people and their communities from earliest times to the present.