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Jawun – Tonya Grant


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Rare Jawun Bicornual Baskets

Tonya Grant is a Jirrbal woman of the Davidson Falls area, north of Cardwell. She is one of only a dozen weavers still making the Jawun, an extremely rare type of bicornual basket.

Tonya is an expert weaver of the Jawun, which is the traditional bicornual basket woven with lawyer cane and unique to the rainforest people. Tonya’s mother, Desley Henry was a well known and respected Jawun weaver whose baskets are in permanent museum, gallery and private collections throughout Australia and Internationally. Before Tonya’s mother died, she passed on her traditional techniques and skills to her daughters and grandchildren. Tonya is now creating her own Jawun, of differing size for different purposes.

Tonya collects special lawyer canes from the rainforest on her traditional country, prepares and splits the cane into fine strips. She then weaves intricate jawun. These were traditionally used for carrying food, tools and babies. The jawun was also used in the process of making poisonous seeds such as the black bean edible. The seeds were placed in the jawun for a number of days in the running waters of the creek to remove the toxins from the seeds.

H44cm w/o handles x W43cm x D30cm lawyer cane
Year: 2010

The Artist

Tonya Grant

Tonya Grant is a Jirrbal woman. She is based in the Davidson Falls area, North of Cardwell. Tonya is a remarkable painter and expert weaver of Jawun. Woven with lawyer cane, this traditional bi-cornual basket is unique to the rainforest people. With an almost innate ability, she has perfected her craft from an early age. This was done so under the teachings of her Mother, Desley Henry, a well-known and respected weaver.

Tonya’s inspiration draws from traditional colours, patterns, and design, particularly the cyclone motif associated with her naming place. Tonya and Desley Henry’s work can be found throughout many private and institutional collections, both Nationally and Internationally. This includes the Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Cairns Regional Gallery, and the Parliament House Art Collection (Canberra). Tonya’s designs have also been used to promote the Echo Creek Cultural Centre, where she works as a tour guide, demonstrator, and tutor of cultural practices.

Return Policy

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