The pandanus 'handbag' is a signature style developed by Julieanne Bangalang and adapted by other Kunwinjku women in the early 2000s. It is a classic example of innovation in Arnhem Land fibre art practice, the bag being a deviation from the classic rectangular form. Pandanus has been used instead of string and coiling used in place of looping techniques in its construction. The form is consequently rigid and with a base line longer than the top of the bag, a bicornial shape is created making it appearance similar to a 'handbag'. While such forms are created for selling through the Injalak Arts Centre at Gunbalanya, Kunwinjku women make string bags for sale and also for their own use.

Physical Description

A looped handbag consisting of horizontal bands of dyed pandanus (green, orange and brown) and undyed pandanus. The plaited pandanus handle is attached in the middle of the rim on opposite sides.

Local Name

djerrh baladjdji kunngobarn


Julieanne Bangalang works primarily at Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre. She is well known for developing this style of handbag made from pandanus and based on the looping techniques used in making string bags.

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