Kun-madj (Dillybag) Single Panel

Deborah Wurrkidj is a Kuninjku artist from the Kurulk clan whose country lies around the outstation of Mumeka in central Arnhem Land.

In this design, she has depicted a Kun-madj (dilly bag) which is a large woven collecting basket. These large bags are often made from the vine ‘Malasia scandens’, a strong pliable plant that grows along the floor and into the canopy of monsoon vine thickets. The bags are used to collect any kind of large numbers of heavy foods such as fish caught in conical fish traps or large collections of yams. They can also be made from Pandanus spiralis, a plant that grows in many areas of Arnhem Land. These dilly bags are often used to collect sugarbag, the native honey.As well as being of practical use, dilly bags are also of religious significance to Arnhem Land people. Dilly bags are said to be totemic objects and associated with particular sites in the landscape.

A single panel of the artwork with aqua and pearlescent mauve ink on black cotton drill. There is space on the sides so this artwork can be stretched over a frame or canvas.

Artwork size 45cm x 100cm

Fabric Size 70cm x 150cm

This artwork has been sold.