In this work, Djibigula has utilised a technique known as three-strand twining, which involves the use of three separate lengths of pandanus to produce a mat with a raised surface. The artist has alternated techniques, between traditional three and two-strand twining, to create a mat with modulating density. The vibrancy of the natural dyes reflects that this mat was executed in the wet season. In a manner characteristic of several accomplished Kunwinjku weavers, Djibigula has predominantly used rich natural dyes (purple and orange). She has woven these colours together in a ‘chopping’ style. Djibigula’s application of colour and her twining method have resulted in a large, shimmering and balanced fibre work © Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory


  • Title: Pandanus mat
  • Creator: Djibigula Dhyagunga
  • Date: 2008
  • Type: Three-Dimensional Work
  • Rights: Purchased 2009, Telstra Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory © licensed by Injalak Art and Craft and Crafts
  • Medium: pandanus fibre, natural dyes
  • Geographical Region of Artist: Marlwon, Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land
  • Exhibition: 26th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2009
  • Ethnic Language Group: Kunwinjku
  • Dimensions: 140 cm
  • Collection: Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
  • Artist Ethnicity: Aboriginal

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