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Susan Wanji Wanji – Jilamara – Kilim (L)

$760.00 inc. GST

Design based on an original artwork by Susan Wanji Wanji from APY Lands in northern South Australia and hand embroidered by Kashmiri artisans.

These beautiful woollen embroideries work equally well as floor rugs and wall hangings making superb statement pieces with colour, warmth and texture.

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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.

The artist: Susan Wanji Wanji

Susan Wanji Wanji was born in 1955 in the bush at Johnsons Bay near Maningrida. Her parents wrapped her up in paperbark and took her by canoe to the mission at Maningrida. Susan grew up in the bush near Maningrida and when she was around 10 years old her dad made her a little paperbark canoe that she used to go everywhere in. As soon as school was finished she used to run down with her paddle to her canoe. She took the old people out to get cockles and crabs. She used to hunt for stingray, crabs, mangrove worm, mud mussels, fish and cockles with the old people. She used to sail around with a sheet before her dad made me a canvas sail. When Susan was out in rough weather her father used to yell out for her to come back in. This canoe from her childhood features in some of her paintings.
Susan learnt from her mother how to weave intricately woven mats and baskets. In 1982 Susan moved with her partner to Melville Island and she worked at the health clinic in Snake Bay. Susan learnt how to make bark paintings and carvings from her Tiwi Uncle Romeo Puruntatameri. He used to talk to the young ones telling them how to make carvings and paintings. She also used to make the ceremonial poles (Tutunis). She learnt how to make the armbands and headbands from her Aunty Joberta Puruntatameri. The elders also taught her how to collect the ochres and cook them. Susan started working at Munupi Arts & Crafts in 1990 and has since developed a unique style that has influences from both Tiwi and Arnhem Land cultures. In 1992 Susan Wanji Wanji travelled to Paris representing Munupi Arts & Crafts and she assisted with the hanging of the Art Centre exhibition. She continues to paint and exhibit with Munupi Art Centre and she was a finalist in the 2013 Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Award. In 2016 Susan was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial Collection Canberra to create a painting of the Bombing of Darwin to commemorate this event. Susan Wanji Wanji’s artwork is represented in many national as well as international collections.

About the design: Jilamara

2013 Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award finalist Susan Wanji Wanji grew up in Maningrida and as a young girl learnt to make bark paintings and intricately woven mats and baskets. Susan has since a unique style that has influence from both Tiwi and Arnhem Land cultures. In 1992 Susan Wanji Wanji travelled to Paris representing Munupi Arts

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.