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 W15cm x H20cm
About the Maker:Priscilla is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group, whose creative and arts practice covers a broad range of disciplines.
Priscilla grew up and continues to reside in the remote community of Mantamaru, Western Australia, located 1600 km north east of Perth.
Priscilla began weaving in 2019 at a Tjanpi Desert Weavers skills development workshop in Mantamaru, Western Australia. Prior to this she had watched her aunt, fellow Tjanpi artist Peggy Simms weaving baskets around the ﬁre at night.
Priscilla is inspired by central Australian animals and focuses on sculpting tjilkamarta (echidna), mingkirri (mice), camels and papas (dogs) using a mix of minarri (native grass), raﬃa and wool.
Photos: Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.