Doreen Jinggarrabarra is a leading fibre artist at Maningrida Arts & Culture. After watching her mother Elizabeth Mipilanggurr during her childhood, Doreen began weaving in her early 20s. Jingarrarrabarra specialises in conical dilly bags (burlupurr), woven string bags and mats. She uses a range of natural fibres, including pandanus, mirlarl (jungle vine/malaisia scandens), sedge grass and kurrajong. Unlike most West Arnhem weavers, she does not dye the fibres with natural pigments, preferring the subtly of the natural variations in colour and tone. She is renowned for her fine weave and intricate designs, which she attributes to learning from her mother.
She is the Traditional Owner of the fish trap and confers approval to those artists who seek to produce these objects or depict the motif in their paintings. She is a cultural leader in her community, teaching younger generations of weavers and also regularly leads demonstrations and tours for visitors and tourists at the Djomi Museum and MAC. She also works closely with linguistics and academics who study Burarra language and Anbarra dialect.
Her works are held in important public and private collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
2020 Artbank Collection, Artbank, Sydney
2020 2020 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards Finalist, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin
2020 Kun-waral Spirit Shadows, Salon Project Space, Darwin
2018 Compass, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
2017 Into the Water curated by Maningrida Arts & Culture, Tactile Arts, Darwin, NT
2016 NAISDA 40th Anniversary Auction, Auction night at Carriageworks, Sydney
2004 2004 an-gujechiya, An-gujechiya -fish trap-, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT