#378 Dilly Bag (Pandanus) - LINDA GANYILA - Aboriginal Art: 11x11x35cm
Title: Hand Woven Dilly Basket.
Region: Echo Island, Northern Territory
Date: 21st Nov, 2023.
Crafting Process: Meticulously crafted from pandanus leaves, our dillybags are versatile and tailored to various purposes. Traditionally utilized for food and medicine gathering, as well as ceremonial use, these bags showcase meticulous craftsmanship.
Design Variety: Our dillybags come in open twine or finely and tightly woven varieties, showcasing a variety of designs based on their intended function. Each piece is a testament to the artisan's skill and attention to detail.
Functionality and Elegance: Carried by placing the string handle around your forehead, these bags rest down your back, combining functionality with a touch of elegance. The domed shape and characteristic design make them not just practical but also aesthetically pleasing.
Spiritual Significance: Ceremonial dillybags, used in ceremonial contexts, often feature decorative elements such as a ring of parrot feathers near the brim and strips of fabric woven in. The variations in decorations hold spiritual meanings, often specific to one clan or a group of clans sharing ceremonial privileges.
Contemporary Appeal: Today, these dillybags are crafted in various sizes, making them not just functional objects for storing items and dry goods but also elegant pieces of art that celebrate tradition with a contemporary twist.