Canberrans to get rare glimpse of fibre art

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, weaving expresses cultural identity and traditions that date back tens of thousands of years.

Traditional objects are handmade from plant materials gathered from the bush or string made from animal and human hair. These ancient skills have even expanded and diversified through the introduction of new ideas and techniques.

Two remote NT Aboriginal art centres – Djilpin Arts and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers – will be showcasing and selling their distinctive and exciting sculptural fibre art in an AIATSIS market day this coming Monday, March 7, at 51 Lawson Crescent, Acton, from 9am.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase stunning woven art and jewellery from the Aboriginal communities of Wugularr (Beswick) in the Northern Territory, and the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) lands.

The works of these renowned artisans are sort after for private collections, exhibitions and institutions across the world.

The women weavers of Djilpin Arts are famous for their traditional pandanus creations that are both decorative and practical, and often in vibrant naturally-dyed colours such as fine fibre mats, baskets and dilly bags.

They are becoming increasingly renowned for having transformed the fibre art tradition, and they are now producing more conceptual designs.

The Tjanpi Desert Weavers are renowned for their basket weaving skills, they use natural fibres collected from their country along with any other materials they can source such as wool, raffia and string to create a vibrant and unique array of sculptural works.

Their fibre art is now firmly embedded in contemporary Central and Western Desert culture, as a movement that celebrates life, creativity and country.

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