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Cushion Cover Designed by Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton.


Story: This particular site of the Yankirri Jukurrpa, (emu Dreaming [Dromaius ovaehollandiae]) is at garlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The yankirri travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. This Jukurrpa story belongs to Jangala/Jampijinpa men and Nangala/Nampijinpa women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings tradional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. Emus are usually represented by their wirliya (footprints), arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu yakajirri (bush raisin [Solanum centrale]). In the me of the Jukurrpa there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between a yankirri ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard [Ardeots australis]) ancestors over sharing the yakajirri. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies.


These beautiful cushions are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal art designs and Kashmiri handicrafts.

Dimensions: 40cm x 40cm 

Chain Stitch is a traditional Kashmiri handicraft and important to the local economy. This work is produced in remote villages and provides an important suplimentary income between harvests. Wool is dyed in situ and groups of people gather in family homes with friends to do the work. Finished works are washed in nearby streams. The stitching is done by hand using an "aari' a sharp hooked tool similar to a crochet hook.

Has traditional Kasmiri Button Closure on the canvas reverse side

Hand Stitched Wool Cushion Cover

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