Colorful, intricately woven baskets are made by hand throughout
Some the most striking are created in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, served by an art and cultural center at Maningrida.
This area of approximately 10,000 square kilometers includes many clans
and language groups with mixed traditions contributing to a rich variety of artistic creations.
are predominantly coiled, string or "dilly" bags.
They are woven from various natural fibers such as those made from the
leaves of the pandanus plant,
the bark of trees like Kurrajong, Brachychiton diversifolius, Brachychiton
paradoxum and Ficus virens.
These fibers are dyed in vivid oranges, yellows, reds, blacks and purples
by boiling in ground up roots of plants
like Pogonolobus reticulatus and wood ash from Eucalyptus alba.
is a small community that sits on the remote northern coast of Australia's
at the estuary of the Liverpool River. During much of the year the community
can be reached only by light aircraft.
are used for gathering foods like roots, tubers, berries, honey and
fish. The baskets offered by
Aboriginals: Art of the First Person have been woven for commercial
purposes and sale to collectors and museums
by the finest aboriginal artists, which come from Maningrida and other
to baskets, artists at the Maningrida community also use paperbark,
pandanus and palm fiber to weave
three-dimensional figurative sculpture. These figures represent common
creatures in the area:
echidnas, bandicoots, camp dogs, crocodiles and mice. At the moment, our stock of figurative baskets is exhausted.
(We are indebted
to Fiona Salmon of Maningrida for the background material included in
the foregoing discussion.)
Aboriginal Art Gallery
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