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Coil Basket

Coiling technique was introduced in the 1920s at Goulburn Island to the Maung people by missionaries and quickly spread to the mainland. Many artists produce coiled baskets of varied shapes, ranging from small round baskets to large oval baby baskets made from dyed pandanus. Artists combine colours and patterns to obtain intricate new graphic patterns.

Name: Margot Gurawiliwili

Language: Kuninjku

Community: Maningrida


Margot Gurawiliwili is a senior weaver at Maningrida Arts and Culture. Margot is renowned for her bold designs, the consistency of her weave and her sophisticated sense of form. She is also an advanced colourist, sourcing a diverse range of pigments from natural plant materials, such as leaves, roots and berries. Margot is skilled in a number of weaving techniques, including coiling and twinning, and makes a range of functional and ceremonial objects, including baskets, dilly bags, string bags and mats. 

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