Cross Culture Paper Mache Bangle featuring this beautiful design by Julie Woods.
Bangle width 61-71cm diameter.
Story: Julie is telling the story of two sisters travelling through her mother’s country towards Docker River, Northern Territory. They stopped at Ilkuwaratjara and cut a wana (digging sIck). The punu (wood) was really straight. The little sister was gettng homesick, but the big sister said; “No, I am taking you to meet your family.” Along the way they were digging for kuka (meat such as goanna) and Niny (Bilby). They got kuka and they were happy to have a good feed. The ‘U’ shapes are the sisters. Next to them are their wana or digging sick. The circles represent rock or water holes where water collects after the rains.
Royalties from this product are given to the artists and their communities.
Made by Better World Arts.
Better World arts has been operating for over two decades. Their role models were Oxfam, Fred Hollows (the Fred Hollows Foundation) and Anita Roddick (The Body Shop).
Initially, They worked with traditional handicrafts. In 1996 they invited Aboriginal artists to join our projects and soon after decided to focus on the Aboriginal art side of the projects and left the normal handicrafts to others like Oxfam.
They work with traditional artisans from remote regions in Kashmir, Peru, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal (Tibetan refugees), who take the design from the Aboriginal artists from remote communities across Australia; from Arnhem Land to Central and the Western Desert regions, from rural locations and from cities, and create beautiful products at affordable prices. The traditional artists in Australian and other parts of the world both benefit and keep their old craft alive.