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Basket of dyed and undyed pandanus fibre. Alternating twined bands of brown, yellow and black, green, undyed and black fibre stitching on frame of vertical fibres with circular base. Black band at lip, edge stitched with undyed fibres which extend into two carrying straps on one side.
- Made in: Maningrida
- (Oceania,Australia,Northern Territory (Australia),Arnhem Land,Maningrida)
- Found/Acquired: London, Bargehouse Gallery, Southbank, London SE1 9PH
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Height: 27.5 centimetres
- Width: 22.8 centimetres (at lip)
- Depth: 13.5 centimetres (appx)
In the twentieth century, Pacific Islander missionaries arriving in Australia encouraged the use of natural dyes in basket-making. In northern Australia, people applied these dyes to twined baskets and also to coiled baskets, a technique newly introduced from southern Australia. Both techniques are widely used today.
2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
- Associated Event: 'Rarrk-London' exhibition
Purchased from the exhibition 'Rarrk-London', held at the Bargehouse Gallery, Southbank, London SE1 9PH, September 21st - October 7th 2007. The exhibition was jointly organised by Josh Lilley Fine Art and Maningrida Arts and Culture, a community arts centre for the Maningrida region. Over 100 contemporary art works from Arnhem Land were shown.
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Object reference number: EOC92396
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