Djerrk / Gay'wu (Bush String Bag) by Evonne Munuyngu

Djerrk / Gay’wu (Bush String Bag)

Hand spun bush string is made from the inner bark of the Banyan tree (ficus viarens), the Karrajong tree (brachychiton paradoxum) or the Cocky Apple tree (planchonia careya). The bark from the young tree is beaten or chewed whilst still fresh. It is than pounded with a stone to separate the fibres which are then rolled and spun on the thigh. The string is then knitted or knotted to create a bag.