Summary

This coiled basket by Margaret Nabulwad has been crafted with broad horizontal bands of dyed pandanus which are tightly bound and intersected with a band of open stitching. Handles are a key feature of baskets made during mission times and continue into the present and they are divided into two main categories; those that move and those that do not. The handle on this basket is known as a split handle or berlyalarrmeng, which translates as 'arm diverges'.

Margaret lives at Mamadawerre and practices basket making taught by her mother. Her work has been exhibited at Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, in 2003 and included in the exhibition 'Woven Form: Contemporary Basket Making in Australia' at Object Gallery in Sydney, 2005.

Physical Description

Basket, coiled, with horizontal bands of dyed pandanus (orange, purple and brown). Broad horizontal bands of dyed pandanus are tightly bound and intersected with a band of open stitching of dyed pandanus of a white colour. The split handle is made of a three coil cross-over coil, attached on opposite sides of the basket.

Local Name

badjkid

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