Marebu is the general Kunwinjku term for woven mats. These were traditionally valuable items. Some were used as working surfaces, others were worn and others used during ceremonial occasions.
Traditionally these items would have been woven from plain pandanus, but today they are usually coloured with natural dyes. It is possible that the use of natural dyes was encouraged by missionaries, influenced by what they had seen on Pacific islands. However it would have been local women, with their knowledge of local plants and bush medicines, who would have carried out the experimentation necessary for such a rich dye repertoire.
The most common dyes include:
Yellow-orange: Mandjurndum (the bright orange roots of the Pognolobus reticulatus bush)
Brown: Wirdilwirdil (the red bulb of Haemadorum breviculae grass)
Green: The growing shoot of the pandanus itself (Pandanus spiralis) boiled with the ashes of pandanus leaves
Purple-pink – Windilk (the seeds of the Haemodorum coccineum plant, related to Kangaroo Paw)
Grey-Black – Manbedde (the leaves of the quinine bush, Petalostigma pubescens) …
The subject of the painting are some of the animals found in freshwater rivers and billabongs in the artist’s country. They are a major source of food for the Kunwinjku people who live in and around Oenpelli in western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. The animals are painted with mandem the waterlily which is found in many waterways and provides food for humans and animals.
The Lorrkon is a log, naturally hollowed out by termites, which was traditionally used as a coffin for burials and ceremonies. The Kunwinjku people of Western Arnhem Land painted these with ceremonial designs and used them to store the bones of deceased relatives.
Theo’s work is available through our website, link on bio.
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Karlerrh (Freshwater Long-tom, Strongylura kreffti) is a fish which we also call kurrkabal. The Long-tom went down to the base of Injalak Hill and placed itself there as a rock. You can still see it there today, the Long-tom Dreaming site. The Old People used to take a fishing spear and go and stand on a log over the river, waiting for the Long-toms to come past. They would get washed down from Mandjaworlbidji (the "Big Waterfall" near Gunbalanya) after a big rain, and people would spear them. Or sometimes the fish would be swimming upstream from the billabong. Kalerrh is a long, slender fish and has a long mouth with lots of sharp teeth.
Find Gleeson’s artwork on our website, link on bio.🌿
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Today's coiled fibre works are the result of rich cultural exchange and artistic innovation. The coiling technique was traditionally used by southern Aboriginal people of the Murray River, and was introduced to Goulburn Island by missionary Greta Matthews in the 1920s. From here it spread amongst Aboriginal people throughout Arnhem Land. These works are living embodiments of Australia's history. Kunwinjku women have been developing the artform for almost 100 years, experimenting with new forms and adapting it to local materials.
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There are two things which we call “mako”. One meaning of mako is a didjiridu, which we blow when we sing songs and dance. The other meaning is “gun”. People go and look for didjiridus in the forest. They knock on trees and listen for hollow ones. Then they cut it down, and make a didjiridu for playing. To get that other type of mako, which we shoot, we have to go and buy it with money.
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Our talented artists and craftspeople make artworks year round in remote Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory inspired by their culture and local environment. All items offered for sale are made in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) and the homelands. All arts and crafts sold through this store will include a Certificate of Authenticity. We are delighted to be able to share them with you as they become available and update stock regularly. Injalak Arts is owned by the artist members and all proceeds go to our Association, which is now a registered charity. Buying from us is sustaining our members and encourages them to continue making beautiful artworks! ⭐️ link in bio or go to Injalak.com/shop⭐️ #injalakarts #painting #backinjalak …