Grace Nawirridj's looped string bag is unusal in its density and its flap, which folds over the back 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.

Physical Description

String bag, looped, with dense undyed kurrajong string with a flap. The four string handles are attached to the rim on opposite sides of the bag.

Local Name

djerrh kunyarl manbudbud


One of Grace Nawirridj's specialities is knotted string bags in strong colours. Her work was featured in the article 'Aboriginal Studies' in 1992 and her work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia.

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