Ka-milemarnbun (Weaving Story)

The Kuninjku term ka-milemarnbun refers to the weaving and production of goods from pandanus leaves and natural fibres. This design specifically depicts the fish trap, basket and pandanus mat.

These three objects and ancestral spirits are significant to the artist as together they relate to her djang (dreaming). Fish traps are woven by hand using the milirl (burney vine, Trophis scandens) from the jungle, which is soaked overnight to make it soft. Fish traps are used by both saltwater and freshwater hunters. Billy-can baskets and pandanus mats are made from pandanus leaves, which are collected using long hooks, stripped, dried, boiled in natural dye, then woven.