• Wulbung (basket)
  • Wulbung (basket)
  • Wulbung (basket)

Virginia Wilfred

Wulbung (basket)

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Sustainability at its best. Locally-harvested pandanus meets repurposed ghost nets. The artists weave together traditional pandanus with abandoned fishing line, known as ghost nets, for colourful pops of colour.

Locally-harvested pandanus leaves are woven raw, or dyed naturally using roots, leaves or flowers. Ghost nets account for about 40% of all ocean plastic. Numbulwar fibre art divert this plastic away from the oceans, keeping nets clear of vulnerable sea life.

Each basket is a unique piece.

  • Cat No. 115-21
  • Diametre: 20cm

Virginia Wilfred is an expert weaver from Numbulwar. 

Built on self-determination, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts (NNA) is a ollective of artists whose mission is to keep culture strong. 

Established in 2019, Numbulwar’s first art centre is 100 per cent owned and controlled by the community. Born from the community’s desire to practice and engage with traditional culture, NNA is a space for artistic and cultural expression.

Champions of fibre art, NNA artists marry naturally-dyed and locally-harvested pandanus with bright and bold ghost nets, abandoned fishing line retrieved from Numbulwar’s shoreline. Our Wulbung (baskets) and Yir (dillybags) fit as naturally in traditional applications as they do in contemporary, urban environments.

Numbulwar sits on the Rose River and belongs to the Nunggayinbala clan, one of the Wubuy or Nunggubuyu speaking clans from the region. Ceremonial activities are still very important within the region and occur regularly.

Best efforts are made to get your purchase on its way within 2 business days. Postage from Darwin can be slow so please bear with us! 

All works are packed securely to protect during shipping. All items valued over $100 are insured for damage during transit. 

If you are purchasing multiple works, please email us for custom shipping rates. 

Items purchased online that are part of an exhibition will be shipped at the end of the exhibition period.