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Title

Bamugura

2016

Artist

Susan Balbunga

Australia

13 Jul 1953 –

Language groups: Burarra, Arnhem region, Warrawarra, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Warra Warra, Arnhem region
    Date
    2016
    Media category
    Weaving
    Materials used
    pandanus
    Dimensions
    73.0 cm dima.
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Milingimbi Art and Culture 2017
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    58.2017
    Copyright
    © Susan Balbunga/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
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  • About

    Bamugura are a particular type of weaving made in Arnhem Land for a variety of practical purposes. They may be worn by women as a skirt, be folded to carry a baby and opened out to form a dome under which babies and small children can sleep protected by the elements and insects such as milkmilk (mosquito) and gatjirri (sand flies). In certain areas they are also employed in ceremony.

    In north-eastern Arnhem Land the form is known as Ngainmara and it is connected to clan designs that are painted on the body. This connection is derived from the pattern of light and shade cast on the bodies of children being shaded from the sun, with the weft and warp of the weaving casting a cross-hatched like pattern of light and shadow on the skin. The Djang’kawu used Ngainmara for their children, as seen in the bark painting by Mawalan Marika in the Gallery’s collection, ‘Djang’kawu creation story’ 1959.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

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