Woven Mindi Basket by Ninney Murray | Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

This exquisite piece draws on the traditional forms of Mindi baskets, made by the Indigenous peoples of the far northern regions of Queensland, Australia. Historically, Mindi baskets were finely crafted from grasses and were used to carry message sticks. Here we see traditional forms reimagined with contemporary materials - plastic coated wire! The result is a strikingly bold and colourful sculptural piece with layers of historical significance.

Ninney Murray (Girramay / Jirrbal Traditional Owner) is an expert and senior weaver of all the traditional basket types created by the Girramay and Jirrbal people. Taught by her Aunty, traditional forms created by Ninney include the Jawun, Burrajingal, Gundala, Mindi baskets and Wungarr. Today Ninney continues to pass her weaving skills and traditional knowledge on to her people through weaving workshops. She is also a respected painter and ceramic artist.

Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre is home to multi-award winning artists and craftsmen. Located in Cardwell, Queensland, Girringun represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups: the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhan, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people spanning 25,000 square kilometres of country in the state's far-North. Objects from this country are significantly different from those of much of the rest of Australia. Weaving is done by both men and women and the diversity of resources between land and sea have resulted in a vast array of implements being crafted for use.

As a living functioning art centre, Girringun serves as a creative and community hub, as well as a culturally enhancing income stream. Every purchase supports the artists, their communities and the important work of Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre.

Size: 15 x 11 x 11cm (including carry handle)

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