In the twentieth century, Pacific Islander missionaries arriving in Australia encouraged the use of natural dyes in basket-making. In northern Australia, people applied these dyes to twined baskets and also to coiled baskets, a technique newly introduced from southern Australia. Both techniques are widely used today.
Acquisition (Through Intermediary) Purchased through Josh Lilley Fine Art :: To The British Museum ::, Acquisition date :: 2007 ::, Appeared in exhibition :: Baskets and Belonging 2011 ::, Associated Event :: 'Rarrk-London' exhibition ::, Bibliograpic reference :: Bolton 2011 p.32 and 33 ::, Bibliograpic reference :: Josh Lilley Fine Art 2007 p.76 ::, Consists of :: pandanus fibre ::, Dimension Depth :: 13.50cm :: appx, Dimension Height :: 27.50cm ::, Dimension Width :: 22.80cm :: at lip, Ethnic Group (Made by) :: Indigenous Australian ::, Found (in) :: London ::, Object type :: basket ::, Production (Made in) :: Maningrida ::, Production (Made) :: Olsen, Kathleen Gedeweir ::, Production date :: 2007 ::, Uses technique :: twined ::, Uses technique :: woven ::
Exhibited: 2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
Exhibition label :: Baskets and Belonging 2011 :: Twined basket Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory Pandanus This basket uses dyed fibre but traditional close twining techniques. It was brought to London as part of an exhibition which focussed on bark paintings from Maningrida. Purchased in 2007 from Bargehouse Gallery, Southbank, London 2008,2003.6
Basket of dyed and undyed pandanus fibre. Alternating twined bands of brown, yellow and black, green, undyed and black fibre stitching on frame of vertical fibres with circular base. Black band at lip, edge stitched with undyed fibres which extend into two carrying straps on one side.