Cross Culture Paper Mache Bangle featuring this beautiful design by Liddy Napanjangka Walker
Bangle width 61-71cm diameter.
Story: The main motif of this painting depicts the ‘wakirlpirri’ (dogwood [Acacia coriacea]) tree. ‘Wakirlpirri’ is a very useful tree that grows on the sides of creek beds and near ‘mulga’ trees. The seeds of this tree can be eaten raw or cooked on the fire. A deliciously sweet drink called ‘yinjirrpi’ is made from the seeds when they have been dried. The wood can be used to make weapons such as ‘karli’ (boomerangs) and dancing boards for ceremonies. It is also good wood for burning on the fire because rain cannot extinguish burning Wakirlpirri wood. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. This Jukurrpa travels from Jarrarda-Jarrayi through to Puturlu (Mount Theo) west of Yuendumu. This Jukurrpa belongs to Japanangka/Japangardi men and to Napanangka/Napangardi women.
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.