A beautiful tea towel featuring artwork by Damien and Yilpi Marks, 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
'Family and Country' by Damien and Yilpi Marks. This is a very detailed painting which describes a dry time of year in Damien's homeland, Mount Liebig. The painting illustrates aspects of landscape and culture around that area that was told to Damien by his great-grandmother and great-grandfather. There are several symbols in this painting. The small sun-like symbols represent women's body painting - these are the images the women are painting on each other as they sit down ready for inma, or traditional ceremony. There is a dry creek bed running through the painting (in red and white), and there are cracks in the ground and claypans. There are also dried rockholes (tjukula), and next to them are tali - sandhills.
Note each tea towel features unique detail from the large painting, so images vary.
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