Woven mat
Woven mat

Kathleen Malpamba

- Woven mat 2023
  • Gunga (Pandanus Spiralis) and natural dyes
300 cm x 110 cm

Kathleen is waku (daugher) to the late, renowned fibre artist Robyn D. Malibirr. Her style is reminiscent of her ngandi’s (mothers), from whom she learnt to weave. Kathleen creates dynamic colour palettes with the dyes she makes from natural materials harvested from the jungle in her home in Gurrwiliny (Arafura Wetland) in North East Arnhem Land. She also makes a rare luminescent green from the inside of the pandanus tree which is something inherent in her families work.

Kathleen is an extraordinary weaver who also works hard on the community in the womens safe house and she is also highly skilled at hunting and fishing. She is a strong Yolngu Miyalkc(woman).

Traditionally, Nganiyal (conical mats) were used as an insect screen when erected, and as a sitting mat when folded. They are used in Ceremony as well as a functional item. Nowadays, artists weave many different shapes including flat, round and oblong.

Source: Bulabula Arts, Ramingining, Northern Territory

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The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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