BAMA RAINFOREST FOOD BASKETS / by Okka Wikka

KOCA has been a network of master weavers based in the Wet Tropics and embraced traditional fiber artists from all over the Far North Queensland Region. Our primary family continuum has been from the Wet Tropic aboriginal BAMA communities of Mosman, Mona Mona and Jumbun. These baskets were primarily used for food preparation where endemic food was leached to remove plant toxins. Emily Murray is one of the few weavers who carried this Bama basketry memory through the last 35 years of cultural change. Her Mum, Daisy Denim was a great cultural heritage artist who has washed all the Jumbun families with her craft skills. Today master weavers such as Emily and her sisters are transferring this unbroken practice Into the hands of the next generations.

KOCA has been a network of master weavers based in the Wet Tropics and embraced traditional fiber artists from all over the Far North Queensland Region. Our primary family continuum has been from the Wet Tropic aboriginal BAMA communities of Mosman, Mona Mona and Jumbun.

These baskets were primarily used for food preparation where endemic food was leached to remove plant toxins.

Emily Murray is one of the few weavers who carried this Bama basketry memory through the last 35 years of cultural change. Her Mum, Daisy Denim was a great cultural heritage artist who has washed all the Jumbun families with her craft skills. Today master weavers such as Emily and her sisters are transferring this unbroken practice Into the hands of the next generations.