Desert weavers show fibre
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.