Etching with soft ground red root.
Red root (Haemodorum coccineum) is used for dying fibre such as Merrepen (Sand palm) and Yerrgi (pandanus). The flowers and roots are used to dye fibre string bags, baskets, fish-nets, mats and other woven articles. The red tuber is dug up and chipped into small pieces. It is then boiled in water to produce a red-brown dye. The fruit and seeds produce a purple colour known as (damuy) purple.
© Merrepen Arts 2016
This etching was made as part of a print workshop held at Merrepen Arts in March 2016 with master print maker Basil Hall and facilitated by Nomad Art Productions, Darwin. Ten artists participated in the week-long workshop.