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Australian Aboriginal Baskets
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KC99 Cindy Jinmarabynana basket
KC99
Aboriginal string bag from Maningrida
KD13
KD14 Mary Jinguwaraba string bag
KD14
KD01 Susan Malgarrli basket
KD01
KD11 Carol Liyawanga string basket
KD11

B218
B219 Aboriginal pandanus basket
B219
Australian Aboriginal basket
KB69
Aboriginal basket with coiled handle
B286
Australian Aboriginal basket
B223
Australian Aboriginal basket
B220

W712
Australian Aboriginal pandanus basketK143

Aboriginal hoop handled basket
B221

Aboriginal pandanus collecting bag
W764

Aboriginal bulunpun dilly bag
CC20

Aboriginal Yirrkala dilly bag
KD34

Arnhemland Aboriginal dilly bag
W036

Aboriginal basket
B287

Aboriginal canoe basket
K128

Aboriginal emu feather basket
KC40

Aboriginal Yirrkala protective basket

W826

Aboriginal dilly bag
W762

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Beautiful, colorful, intricately woven baskets are produced by hand throughout Aboriginal Australia.
Some the most striking are created in the Northern Territory area of Arnhem Land served by an art and cultural center at Maningrida.
This area of approximately 10,000 square kilometers includes many clans and language groups whose mixed traditions
have contributed to a rich variety of artistic creations.

The baskets 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.

Maningrida is a small community that sits on the remote northern coast of Australia's Arnhem Land
at the estuary of the Liverpool River. During much of the year the community can be reached only by light aircraft.

Baskets traditionally 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 aboriginal communities.

In addition 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.

(We are indebted to Fiona Salmon of Maningrida for the background material included in the foregoing discussion.)


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