We design baskets to remind us of the piti (wooden dishes) we used to carry on our heads.
Nola Taylor, 2008
In April 2008 a big mob of Martumili artists returned to Kunawarritji (Well 33) and Kunkun for an extensive painting and weaving workshop. Distinguished Western Australian fibre artists Nalda Searles facilitated the weaving workshop. Many of the works now produced in these workshops now form part of the Canning Stock Route collection.
I was away when they started making baskets. I came home to Jigalong and watched my sister in law and she taught me. It was really nice. I used to watch Yikartu Bumba and Kumpaya; they really love making baskets. Nalda Searles came to Parnngurr and we coiled baskets all night and all day. All night and all day – no sleep in Parnngurr! Kumpaya, you have to talk because you brought this good idea to us.
Yuwali Janice Nixon, Parnngurr, 2008