Summary

This looped string handbag by Eva Nganjmirra has been made with dyed kurrajong (brown tones). The braided kurrajong handle is attached to the rim on opposite sides of the bag. 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.

Eva Nganjmirra's string bag is quite different in style from the work produced by her mother, which mainly consists of conical baskets.

Physical Description

Handbag, looped, with dyed kurrajong (brown tones). The braided kurrajong handle is attached on opposite sides of the bag.

Local Name

djerrh kunyarl manbudbud

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