Registration number
Item name
Indigenous name
Bulung (dec.)  
Associated cultural group
Yirritja moiety 
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Milingimbi
Milingimbi Crafts 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1981 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mobil Oil Australia 
Raw material
pandanus; root dye
H: 930 mm W: 400 mm L: D: Circum:


Twined tubular pandanus basket with five strand twine handle attached on one side, edges reinforced with twine, horizontal bands of dyed pandanus in brown and orange and dyed brown circle on base. Registration number 24521 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibitions 'Women with Clever Hands past and present' curated by Louise Hamby August 2013. Exhibition label: This basket is larger than the majority of twined baskets made now.

Notes from Milingimbi Art & Craft reads: This dhimbuka is hand woven from the stripped leaves of the pandanus palm. The women pluck the prickly leaves, strip them with their thumb nail, and lay strands in the sun to dry. Colours were produced in two ways. Firstly, the pandanus strips may be boiled with root dyes found in the bush. Or, secondly the finished bag may be decorated with ochres. A dhimbuka is made by weaving the pandanus tightly leaving no gaps. The bag is then used for collecting the favourite food of the Aborigines, bush honey. Part of a series of 28 items (24520 and 24548) related to the DJANKGAWU SISTERS story cycle [detailed at 24534].

In 1981 Mobil Oil Australia Limited presented the Anthropology Museum with a cheque to purchase the Djankawu Sisters collection from the Museum's exhibition 'The Land, The Sea and Our Culture: Milingimbi Art and Craft' prepared by the people of Milingimbi through the Milingimbi Arts and Crafts Council.

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