Ikuntji Fabric | Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula | linen | 2m

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.

Mitjili Napurrulagrew up in Papunya and moved to Haasts Bluff with her late husband Long Tom Tjapanangka in the late 1980?s during the outstation movement. The couple started painting at Ikuntji Artists in 1992 with the opening of Ikuntji Women?s Centre, both contributing significantly to the emerging art movement there. She gained an international following after winning the Alice Springs Art Prize in 1999. Mitjili lived at an outstation close to Papunya where she continued to paint in her later years, along side her family and fellow artists such as Ann Lane nee Dixon. Mitjili passed away in April 2019.

This fabric has been screen printed by hand by Publisher Textiles and Papers, ensuring the highest quality and longevity. A luxurious tencel linen cotton blend perfect for use in making dresses, skirts and pants. Also ideal for patchwork quilts and other craft projects.

2m long x 1.45m wide
172gsm fabric weight
White Ink on Black Tencel Linen (70% Tencel, 30% Linen)

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