Basket (Faith Butler)
Basket (Faith Butler)

Basket (Faith Butler)

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Material: Tjanpi (grass), raffia

Dimensions: D19cm x H8cm

About the Maker: Faith Butler was born in 1953 at a site called Kulkuta near Watarrka. She spent most of her early life travelling around the country near Tjukurla and has strongbush skills as a result. She has been making baskets since 1995 and has had work featured in numerous exhibitions. She is one of the notable Tjukurla weavers whose work is recognizable for its strong and firm shape and execution.

Meet the Group: Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY Women's council. Tjanpi (meaning 'dry grass') supports Aboriginal women living in remote Central and Western desert communities to create contemporary fibre art.

When collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangurnu and yilintji), women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families, and teach children about country. Grass is bound with wool, string or raffia and combined with yinirnti (red seeds of the bat-wing coral tree) and wipiya (emu feathers).