Papa (Dog) sculpture

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Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, working with women in the remote Central and Western desert regions who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. Tjanpi (meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language) represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands.

Tjanpi artists use native grasses to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. Originally developing from the traditional practice of making manguri rings, working with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture.

Material: Tjanpi (grass), raffia

Dimensions: L40cm x W10cm x H15cm

About the Maker: Dianne Ungukalpi Golding is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group in Western Australia. Dianne first learnt weaving from relatives in Warakurna. She enjoyes experimenting with different shapes and draws inspiration for her sculptural pieces from animals living on Ngaanyatjarra lands.

Photos: Tjanpi Desert Weavers