Dilly bag

Dilly bags were ubiquitous in traditional Kunwinjku life, usually made from Pandanus fibre they were used for sacred and secular purposes.

Kunwinjku people from Western Arnhem Land believe ancestral beings travelled through the country creating landmarks and places in which they continue to dwell, known as Djang (Dreaming). Accordingly the Kuniwinjku people maintain a profound and ancient visual tradition. Paintings on rock, bark and (more recently) paper connect with ancient rituals, stories and spiritual associations. Rendered simply and directly with white on red ochre, these paintings narrate the soul and spirit of the Stone Country and its inhabitants.

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