Desert weavers show fi­bre

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

CON­TEM­PO­RARY Abo­rig­i­nal fi­bre work is on dis­play at the WA Mu­seum in the ex­hi­bi­tion Pampa Mara Tjanpi: Tjanpi works by el­derly women from the Ngaany­at­jarra Lands.

It fea­tures work from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers, who are part of the Ngaany­at­jarra, Pit­jan­t­jat­jara, Yankun­yt­jat­jara (NPY) Women’s Coun­cil.

Mu­seum chief ex­ec­u­tive Alec Coles said the coun­cil formed in re­sponse to the land rights strug­gle of the 1970s, when women felt they had no voice.

“Tjanpi, mean­ing wild har­vested grass, be­gan in 1995 as a se­ries of bas­ket-making work­shops run by the NPY Women’s Coun­cil,” he said.

“Women used this art form in pur­suit of mean­ing­ful and cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate em­ploy­ment on their home­lands to bet­ter pro­vide for their fam­i­lies.”

More than 400 women across three states are now cre­at­ing this fi­bre art from lo­cal grasses.

En­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion is free and it will be on dis­play un­til Jan­uary 10, 2016.

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