This string bag by Garnbaladj Nabegeyo has been made with looped horizontal panels of dyed (brown) kurrajong and undyed kurrajong. This bag is among the oldest type of fibre objects made and used in Arnhem Land. Making string is a specialised skill and a most common source of fibre for string is the inner bark of the Kurrajong. Bags such as these continue to be used for carrying personal possessions and bush foods, and are also sold through Injalak Arts and Crafts at Gunbalanya in western Arnhem Land.

Garnbaladj was taught by her mother to make baskets. In addition to working in classical styles and techniques she also experiments with open coiling techniques. She has participated in several String World Festivals, has provided consultation to museums and is a strong advocate of fibre arts.

Physical Description

String bag, looped, with horizontal panels of dyed (brown) kurrajong and undyed kurrajong. The string handle is attached to the rim on opposite sides of the bag .

Local Name

Djerrh kunyarl manbudbud

More Information