Tonya Grant, 'Jawun' Basket, 2020, 40 x 15 x 13cm.
"The rainforest is the source of materials used in these exquisite lawyer cane baskets.
Girramay, Jirrbal, and Gulnay weavers of Far North Queensland are well known for their laywer cane bicornual baskets called Jawun and other traditional basket styles including Burrajingal (lawyer cane square-based baskets), gundala (lawyer cane coil baskets) and mindi (grass baskets).
These lawyer cane and grass baskets are still being made using traditional methods. They were an important part of everyday lives and were used to collect and carry bush food, babies, message sticks and many other objects.
Bugul is the local name for lawyer cane which is also known as a wait-a-while. It climbs through the rainforest under-story in lengths of up to 100 metres and is covered in prickles and spikes which make it difficult to collect. Before it can be woven, the lawyer cane must be heat treated, split and shaved, a very labour intensive process."
Catalogue number: 68-20