In this design Mitjili Napurrula depicts her fathers Tjukurrpa, the ceremonial spear straightening in Uwalkari country (Gibson desert region). The Watiya Tjuta (Acacia Trees) are the trees that are used to make these spears.
Colours: black on white background
Basecloth: Tencel linen - 70% Tencel 30% linen, approx 145cm wide (incl selvedge)
Printed width: 145cm
Pattern repeat: 86cm
Price 120€/m. Sold by the linear half-metre. For example, to purchase 1m, select 0.5m length twice. It will be sent in one continuous piece. Fabric will be folded for shipment.
The placement of the pattern cannot be guaranteed to be the same as the image since we cut from the end of the piece. We can send photos of the actual piece we have in stock, please contact us. (Image here does not depict the width of the fabric)
This fabric has been screen printed by hand in Australia.
Fabric care instructions: Hand wash, line dry, do not bleach, wash separately, warm iron, do not soak, dry cleanable (P). The ink has been heat set for longevity, however please take care when washing (wash garments inside out if possible).
About Ikuntji Artists:
Ikuntji Artists was the first art centre established by women in the Western Desert Art Movement. It was first established in 1992, after a series of workshops, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfil the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering for old people and children in the community. After first experiences made in printing T-shirts, the artists began producing acrylic paintings on linen and handmade paper, which quickly gained the attention of the Australian and international art world as well as earning the centre an impressive reputation for fine art. The focus changed from a women’s centre to an art centre in 2005 with the incorporation of the art centre as Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation.
Today Ikuntji Artists are represented in many national and international galleries and institutions. Their art is famous for bold colour choice, decisive brush strokes and a long legacy of internationally renowned artists.
About Ikuntji fabrics:
The textile design project first began in (2016) when Ikuntji Artists started translating paintings into textile designs through screen-printing. The resulting collection of bold evocative prints sets Ikuntji Artists as the first Art Centre in the Central Desert to release its own textile collection. The designs tell the story of intergenerational art and design, spanning generations from senior and established artists to emerging next generation artists. The artists draw their inspiration from their personal ngurra (country) and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). The designs are unique to Central Australia, particularly the sandhills, waterholes, jagged mountains and sandy plains of the West Macdonnell Ranges region.