This carefully crafted Tiwi basket is hand woven with kindness by Augusta (Sandy) Punguatji.
Sandy is from Wurrumiyanga community on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Islands) and weaves as a therapeutic practice to promote better health and wellbeing and keep her spirit strong.
Made with pandanus and coloured with bush dyes, each basket is a one-of-a-kindness creation.
The Wangatunga Strong Women
Wangatunga (n.) - 1.a broad basket made from stringybark; 2. a baby girl
“Ngawa ampi nginiwutawa putuwurrupurra awarra ngirraminni api awarra ngawarra ningurimagi. Karri ngapaningimarri ngaruwanajirri ngini ngarikirmi ngirraminni ngini ngawa ngarukuruwala.”
(The knowledge our ancestors left for us in the stories is something that we must hold on to. When we gather around we share together what is in the stories that we sing together.)