Knotted pandanus handbag
Knotted pandanus handbag


This handbag is made from natural, local materials sourced from the Gunbalanya area. Weavers gather fresh young leaves from the pandanus palm using a hooked stick, then strip and dry them. The pandanus is then boiled up on the campfire with local plant dyes.

This piece is made using the knotted pandanus technique. Kunwinjku women have been developing the artform for almost 100 years, experimenting with new forms and adapting it to local materials. The old plant dyes used in Europe like indigo, saffron, woad and logwood fell out of use with the Industrial Revolution. But here, a natural “paintbox” thrives. 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). Source: Louise Hamby (ed.) “Twined Together”.

Size 18 x 22 x 48 cm | Medium Fibre | Catalogue # 867-22 | Year 2022

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Artist  Alicia Mardday


Fibrework, pandanus weaving, single element string looping, woven and coiled baskets, dilly bags, knotted fibre figures and animals, string bags, feather decorated string bags, fish traps / nets, mixed medium fibre sculpture including recycled materials.
OTHER NAMES: Alicia Manakgu, Alicia Nabegeyo


further details

Size 18 x 22 x 48 cm
Medium  Fibre
Catalogue # 867-22
Year 2022