61 x 76cm
Acrylic on stretched canvas, ready to hang.
This work represents weaving, which is one of the oldest art forms in the world. Weaving expresses our cultural identity and traditions that date back many thousands of years. Our ancient art of weaving has been used to create food tools, baskets, fishing nets and skin cloaks for warmth. Ceremonial and traditional objects were made from plant materials gathered from the bush or string made from animal and human hair. The various grasses and leaves were stripped into ideal widths, then softened by soaking them in water or by drawing them through hot ashes. Plants, bulbs and leaves required for different weaving methods were collected at specific times of year. Our dilly bags, containers, floor mats and rope were expertly made, showing the skill that has been passed on by women for over a thousand generations.
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