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Ikuntji – Dog Dreaming – red on oyster (SILK)

$89.00$510.00 inc. GST

Bold, painterly design by Leonie Kamutu, an Aboriginal artist from Haasts Bluff in Central Australia.

hand screen-printed on superb Princess dupion silk. Has beautiful sheen and good body, ideal for formal and evening wear.

Made by Ikuntji Artists.

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  • Ink colour: red
  • Base cloth color: oyster
  • Composition: Princess dupion silk
  • Width: 137 cm (54 inches)
  • Weight of base cloth: 85 gsm
  • The frock in the picture was made by Raw Cloth in Darwin

Papa Tjukurrpa – Dog Dreaming/Ancestral Creation Story by Leonie Kamutu

This story is of the Papa Tjukurrpa – Dog Dreaming, which is the story of the artist’s father. It is of Niyuman, east of Kintore and it is secret men’s business.

Leonie was born in the bush at Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) circa 1948. Her mother was Malyungka Nangala and her father was Kamutu Tjungarrayai. Her mother said she was from Tjukurla in WA. Leonie is the younger sister of Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra’s first wife, Susette. Leonie sees herself as the ‘younger auntie’ of Long Jack’s eldest daughter Charlotte Phillipus. Leonie attended school at Papunya. Her first husband was Dalton Abbott Ngala Bangarta, with whom she had two daughters. She had seven children with her second husband Kenny Lillius (b. 1951) of whom Kayleen Lillius is the eldest. Kenny was the brother of Kiwirrkura Chairman Jimmy Brown. Leonie says she is now on her own. She has many grandchildren, some of them married with children of their own. Leonie’s Dreaming is Kanparraka or centipede. Kamutu’s dreaming was Mala (wallaby) and the country at Tjunginpa. Nyuman was her father’s and grandfather’s place, which is the place for the Dog Dreaming and the orange lizard Dreaming (Lingakurra). Her father’s brother was Tjungarrayi Kingsley, who was one of the first painters at Papunya in 1971.

Her sister Tilly Napaltjarri and her both learnt painting from their father’s brother.

Ikuntji Artists: the first art centre established by women in the Australian Aboriginal Western Desert Art Movement. Already in the 1980s women began painting in Haasts Bluff in the aged care facility. They had been instructed by their husbands and fathers, and they had often assisted them in completing their paintings. By the early 1990s these women artists decided to pursue setting up their own art centre. Ikuntji is an Aboriginal owned, non-profit Aboriginal Corporation.

Printed by:
Publisher Textiles & Papers in Sydney is one of Australia’s leading print houses. Focused on producing original patterns through traditional hand-screen printing methods they create bold and colourful textiles, hand printed wallpaper, clothing and fabric.

Fabric care instructions:
Dry clean only if you want to retain the same handle/feel.

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