We’ve got some amazing new fabrics from Ikuntji Artists and wanted to do a little blog post introducing you to them. Ikuntji Artists is a not for profit and completely member-based Aboriginal art centre. Situated in the community of Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji) with a population of around 150 people. Ikuntji has a board of seven Indigenous directors who all live and work locally.
You can find out more about them at www.ikuntji.com.au
We’ve now got a little range of their beautiful fabrics available by the metre online and in store!
PULI PULI BY KETURAH ZIMRAN
This design by Keturah Zimran depicts the natural rock formations (puli) found in and around Haasts Bluff.
WOMEN’S BUSINESS BY MAVIS NAMPITJINPA MARKS
This design by Mavis Nampitjinpa Marks shows the ‘Women’s Business Story’.
WATIYA TJUTA BY MITJILI NAPURRULA
In this design Mitjili Napurrula depicts her fathers Tjukurrpa, the ceremonial spear straightening in Uwalkari country (Gibson desert region). The Watiya Tjuta (Acacia Trees) are the trees that are used to make these spears. Uwalkari country is abundant with Watiya Tjuta, as well as sand hills and other plants. Mitjili paints the motif of the Watiya Tjuta, carrying on the recurring motif as her mother used to draw in the sand. Her mother passed on this Dreaming to her.
KURUYULTU BY EUNICE NAPANANGKA JACK
This design by Eunice Napanangka Jack depicts her father’s Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). It shows the country at Kuruyultu, near Tjukurrla in Western Australia.
ROCKHOLES BY ALICE NAMPITJINPA DIXON
This design by Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon depicts Takupalangu west of Kintore. This is Uta Uta Tjangala’s country, which he has painted throughout his career. Nampitjinpa paints her father’s country of rockholes (puli) and sandhills (tali). There is plenty bushtucker – mangilpa, which are little black seeds around. The road to Kiwirrkurra passes Takupalangu on the side.
Alice describes the big swamp of Takupalangu, in her Fathers country. Takupalangu is filled up with bush vegetables called mungilpa. When Alice was a small girl she travelled this country with her family. Her mother used to collect mungilpa and pummel it into dough which she made into damper. It is also a good place for hunting bush meat as the swamp is surrounded by rock hills.