Size: 40 cm x 40 cm (16 x 16 inches)
Fabric: wool (front) and cotton (back)
Color: the photo is colour accurate
About the design: Rainbow Serpent
Rama’s painting illustrates people sitting at an inma (ceremony) out Pipalyatjara way in the far west APY Lands in remote South Australia. There are wati tjuta, munu minma, munu tjiti tjuta, walytja tjuta (many men, women, children and families) sitting, singing and talking to each circle represents a person. This is taking place in Rama’s country, Kuntjanu, and all the people are looking to see what is going to take place.Rama has a deep understanding of important traditional Kuntjanu tjukurrpa stories, his homeland. His paintings illustrate the many aspects of the Wanampi Tjukurpa – Rainbow Serpent Dreaming.
About the artist: Rama Kaltu-Kaltu Sampson
Rama was born c. 1936 in Mt. Davis, Pipalyatjara, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in North West South Australia. He passed away in 2020. He was an accomplished painter and traditional ngangkari – doctor and spiritual healer. Rama painted at Pukatja (Ernabella) for three years before coming to Adelaide. His strong knowledge of tjukurpa (dreaming) earned him much respect and his work has been exhibited extensively across Australia. As an Anangu elder, Rama had a great wealth of traditional knowledge and skills. Rama’s country is Kuntjanu, and he was custodian of the Wanampi Tjukurpa – the Rainbow Serpent Dreaming.
About the BWA chainstitch (gabba) 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 and their community.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: These cushion covers feel great and are fabulously hardwearing – we can vouch for that.
Do not put place/use in direct sunlight or colors may fade. To clean – dry cleaning recommended. It is possible with careful hand-wash in warm water using a wool detergent. Creases can be ironed out on a wool (low) steam setting.