Dulcie Malimara

Dulcie was born in 1952 and is a Nakara Elder and master weaver. Dulcie's first language is her Father's, Nakara then Mother's Burrara/Gun-Nartpa then Father's Gunu-Bidji.

Dulcie says,

"My Mother, she would show me how to weave, she taught me after I went everyday to Maningrida school. I weave mats, dilly bags, string bags and weave baskets all that time since I went to school, a long time ago. I still like to sit back, relaxing and weaving. When I have any pressure, I just ignore that pressure and get the pandanus and start stripping it get it ready for colour and just do weaving. I collect mangrove root for the yellow one and the red one I use the ashes from the mangroves. The brown colour one it's a different plant. Sometimes I mix it up and use leaves for green. I boil it all up and make good colour. I still weaving today long time"

Dulcie has a large family in Maningrida, Arnhemland. "I got 2 boys and 2 girls and so many nephews and nieces, but in our way we call them son and daughter". Dulcie Malimara is a Mother, Grandmother, Great Grand Mother, Senior weaver, artist and human rights campaigner. Dulcie lives in Darwin, on Larrakia Country but regularly travels back to Maningrida "for ceremony, family business and funeral".


Pandanus Dilly Bag
Dulcie Malimara
  • $185.00