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.
The artist: Norah Davidson
Norah Davidson was born at Multju near Mantamaru (Jameson, WA). Nora now lives with her family at Papulankutja (Blackstone, WA) and her family hold the story for Ilurrpa.
Norah is a member of Papulankutja Artists and also Tjanpi Desert Weavers, which began in 1995. Tjanpi (meaning grass) is an art centre that supports the production and marketing of baskets, sculptures and seed jewellery made by more than 400 artists from 28 remote communities across three states – Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Building on a long tradition of working with natural fibres to create objects for daily and ceremonial use, Tjanpi women come together on country and collect grass to sculpt and weave. While singing, dancing and keeping culture strong, they create beautiful, intricate and expressive fibre art. In more recent years Norah has begun painting on canvas creating delightful colorful expressions of her country and culture.
About the design: DIgging for Honey Ants
This is the place where Norah was born. It is Mulga country and a great place to find tjala (Honey Ants). There is a story of a mother with her two children and they have great success in this place finding honey ants. They enjoy the sweet reward for their efforts.
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.