A beautiful and very practical shopping bag featuring artwork by Pauline Nampijinpa, hand screen printed on top quality cotton using water based inks. Made by Better World Arts, an Adelaide-based cross-cultural arts project that supports Aboriginal artists through royalties and a share of profits.
Coles and Woolworths have recently announced they will phase out single-use plastic bags over the next year, (hopefully followed soon after by nation-wide bans). Convenient, multi-use shopping bags that fold to a compact size like these are the way of the future, so why not stock up now?
The Story of the Artwork
'Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming)' by Pauline Nampijinpa. This particular site of the Yankirri Jukurpa, is at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The 'yankirri' travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. This Jukurrpa story belongs to Jangala/Jampijinpa men and Nangala/Nampijinpa women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. Emus are usually represented by their 'wirliya' (footprints), arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating 'yakajirri' (bush raisin). In the time of the Jukurrpa there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between a 'Yankirri' ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard) ancestors over sharing the 'yakajirri'. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies.
Note each bag features unique detail from the large painting, so images vary.
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