Composition: Hand dyed wool and cotton
Size: 122 x 183 cm (48 x 72 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.
About the artist:
About the artist
Mary Napandardi Brown was born in 1953. Her artworks often reinterpret scenes from women’s ceremonies including body painting designs, song lines and dance cycles. She also depicts dreaming stories passed down through generations. She harnesses traditional iconography and symbols to depict flora, fauna and significant landmarks including expansive sand hills and rockholes.
Napangardi was born around 1953 within a bush camp at Mandarine in Central Australia. Growing up, she lived a very traditional lifestyle; learning and caring for the land as well as learning important cultural knowledge and the dreaming stories of her country. During her childhood, Napangardi and her family were relocated by a white man to an Aboriginal settlement called the Yuendumu Community in Central Australia.
Napangardi began painting in the early 1990s. In 2005, she began painting for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in Yuendumu. These sacred stories translated within her work have been passed through her family for generations.
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 and their community.
Warlukurlangu Artists was founded in 1985 in Yuendumu, 300 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert. It is home to Warlpiri people. The founder of Flying Fox Fabrics was the first manager of Warlukurlangu Artists from 1986-88 and has a deep love for Warlpiri people and their communities – and their art (of course).