Natural dyes and bush string (Yolŋu matha)

We hear from Daphne Banyawarra again speaking Ganalbiŋu.

Banyawarra explains the technique of using coconut ash to dry mix with natural yellow/orange colour.

Then this added to the ‘balgurr’ (kurrajong bark) which collected and pounded with a rock to break apart the fibre.

Small amounts of water are then sprinkled into the mix and the fibre magically changes from yellow to deep red.

Banyawarra talks about traditional use of these materials.

Today natural colours are found using various plants from the bush to dye and use in fibre art.