Composition: Hand dyed wool and cotton
Size: 61 x 91 cm (24 x 36 inches)
- Hand embroidered/chain-stitched
- All natural fibres – embroidered wool on cotton canvas
- Fair Trade certified
- Limited edition – individually numbered
- Certificate of Authenticity supplied with each kilim
- Royalties paid to the artist/family on every sale
- Hard wearing
- Back has non-slip surface
- Each kilim has flap on the rear for ease of hanging with dowel/rod
- Matching cushion covers are also available
Chain-stitched kilims are a traditional rug/soft furnishings making technique from Kashmir. As people sat on the floor they were both homewares and decoration. As many artworks are painted on the ground or 3D surfaces/bodies most of the images do not have a set orientation so can also be hung portrait or landscape if preferred.
Artist: Bianca Gardiner Dodd
I was born in 1978 and spent my early years in the Western suburbs of Sydney before moving to Tweed Heads with my family at age 10. My mother was born in the Aboriginal community of Goodooga, North West NSW. The traditional land of Kamilaroi/ Gamilaroi people’s.
I have family ties to the Bundjalung lands of the Tweed and Byron coasts through my husband who is a Bundjalung man, and children. I have enjoyed living in the coastal village of Pottsville Beach on the North Coast of NSW with my family for over 13 years.
My art reflects the coastal environment and surrounding elements that I live in, the estuaries, the beach and the life that lives within it. Many of the symbols within my art represent my interpretation of coastal life, harmony and unity. I love to play with different colour palettes.
My art is a platform to articulate my creative journey. From young dancer, to adult teacher, choreographer and a Contemporary Aboriginal artist.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Education
Do not put place/use in direct sunlight or colors may fade. To clean – dry cleaning recommended. Can be ironed on a wool steam setting.
About the Better World Arts chainstitch kilim products
These beautiful, unique textiles are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Kashmiri rug-making techniques. Chain stitched, using hand dyed wool, each is a completely handmade piece. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these products guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist’s family and their community.