Manbudbud bush string bag

Manbudbud is the Kunwinjku word for the Kurrajong tree (Brachychiton paradoxum). The bark of the tree is removed and the inner fibre is stripped into thinner pieces. This is then soaked in water for up to a week to make it soft and pliable. Once it has been dried in the sun for about an hour or so the women will wet her hands and place each little piece on her legs and roll them into lengths of string. This string was traditionally used to make many items of everyday and ceremonial culture. It is still made today, and one of the main uses is in making string bags.
Often feathers are rolled into the string when it is being made.