Woollen Chainstitched Rug/Wall Hanging
Woollen Chainstitched Rug/Wall Hanging
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Woollen Chainstitched Rug/Wall Hanging

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Rug Wool 3x5ft (91x152cm) - CROSS CULTURAL PROJECT

Aboriginal Artwork translated with ‘Gabba’ Chain-Stitch  This is a traditional Kashmiri handicraft and important to the local economy. This work is produced in remote villages. Wool is dyed in situ and groups of people gather in local homes surrounded by family and friends to work. The stitching is done by hand and using an ‘aari’, a sharp hooked tool similar to a crochet hook. Finished rugs and cushions are washed in nearby streams.

This is a teaching painting, describing a dry season in Damien’s homeland, Mount Liebig, in the Northern Territory. It illustrates aspects of landscape and culture that was told to Damien by his great-grandparents. Women sit with children collecting bush potatoes (the red shapes at the top of the painting) and are preparing for inma (ceremony). One man, wati, sits down with his waru (spear). Controlled burnings are taking place as the spinifex is dry, and this means good fruits can grow. The small star-like symbols represent women’s body paint that the women paint on each other for inma. A dry creekbed runs through the painting (in red and white), and there are cracks in the claypans, dried rock holes (tjukula), and sandhills (tali).

 

DAMIEN & NYINKALYA MARKS

Damien and Nyinkalya Marks often paint together to create beautiful, vibrant collaborative works. Nyinkalya is a Pitjantjatjarawoman from Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia. And is a talented batik artist as well as a painter.