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BOUGAINVILLE; Baskets

Throughout the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, baskets are not only used for carrying and storing everyday goods, they are also repositories of time, labour, knowledge and relationships. Unique basket designs represent links to specific geographies, histories and cultures, as well as to family relationships. Created from fibres and vines gathered from forests and gardens, baskets communicate information about particular environments and ways of living. Baskets also retain the shape of raw materials and embody the trace of movements involved in their construction. Created using techniques and knowledge passed from one generation to the next, these objects are treasured heirlooms and play a fundamental role in the expression of cultural identity and meaning.