Yindi Youthu Bathi (Large Baby Basket)


78 x 34 x 21 cm / WEAVING – Basket weaving

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Pandanus weavings have many functional and ceremonial uses in Yolngu daily life. Through regular use the objects absorb oils from the body that soften and preserve the fibre. Bamagura (a conical mat with fringe that can also be laid flat and folded) are used to cover and protect babies from insects, to be wrapped and swaddled in they also function as sleeping mats and play rugs. The yothu bathi coil weaving design was introduced by missionaries and has been practiced in Milingimbi since the 1940’s. 

Margaret Rarru is renowned for her black weaving. Other Yolŋu artists use black in their work but only in combination with additional colours; the use of black alone is reserved for Rarru and those to whom she gives permission. Over time, as Rarru’s sisters, daughters and nieces develop their skills and express commitment to their craft, she allows them to also make pieces in their own style using black alone.

When asked for the recipe for this unique natural dye Rarru and her family respond, “maybe one day you will sit with us and you will see”.  

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