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Woven Barra by Elonda Nadjow

Woven Barra by Elonda Nadjow

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Natural woven Barra, handcrafted by Elonda Nadjow using native elements foraged on country here in Kakadu National Park.

Dimensions: 39 x 12.5cm

This decoration is a product of the Kakadu/West Arnhem Region, created using locally sourced materials. Bininj weavers collect fresh kunngobarn (pandanus) by employing a special hooked stick called manmarli. Once harvested, the pandanus is carefully dried and then adorned with vibrant natural dyes, which are extracted during specific seasons. 

The art of weaving and gathering materials has long been recognised as 'Women's business,' and it serves as a beautiful way to preserve ancient traditions, passed down from generation to generation. Engaging in the weaving process, these women spend time bonding over cups of tea, imparting the wisdom of their craft to the younger members of the community, ensuring the legacy lives on with every carefully crafted piece.

Namarnkol (barramundi), is one of the main food sources for the locals all year round. It is also one of the totem animals for many indigenous, as well as Dreaming in many sites.  Namarnkol is even told in stories to be kept as pets of the Yawk Yawk spirits.  Traditionally, Bininj used to spear them at billabongs, rivers and floodwaters. Today the locals go fishing with lines and modern nets, yet sometimes with spears, and they know the best fishing spots all around Kakadu. Barramundi is for many the best tucker around, mah!

This artwork has been purchased directly from an Aboriginal artist in Kakadu National Park or Arnhem Land. Warradjan Cultural Centre is committed to supporting artists, their families and the local community.

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