A beautiful tea towel featuring artwork by Pauline Nampijinpa, hand screen printed on top quality raw linen 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. Washing well before use will improve drying qualities. But if you don't want to use them for the dishes, they also make great inexpensive wall hangings.
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 tea towel features unique detail from the large painting, so images vary.
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