Basket | Ann Cleary-Farrall | Tjanpi | 19 x 19 x 6cm

This vibrantly hued woven basket has been handmade by Ann Cleary-Farrall, an artist from the community of Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia. Featuring intricately woven emu feathers in a striking design - this basket is truly unique! 

Weaving with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture and draws on the traditional practice of making manguri rings - a ring worn on the head made of grasses and cloth.  Here we see traditional weaving techniques re-framed using a mix of traditional and contemporary materials - including wool! The result is a strikingly bold and colourful sculptural piece with layers of historical significance.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an aboriginal owned social enterprise that works with over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities across the remote Central and Western desert regions. Tjanpi artists use native grasses, wool, string, seeds and feathers to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. While out collecting desert grasses, women visit sacred sights and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country.

19 x 19 x 6cm
Materials: Tjanpi (grasses) Raffia and emu feathers
To view all the Tjanpi sculptures and baskets we have available click HERE

More about Ann Cleary-Farrall:

Ann Cleary-Farrall is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group. She moved to Alice Springs in 1974 and has lived there since. Ann taught her four daughters how to weave and paint. Ann collects and dyes her own grasses that she finds locally in the Alice Springs area. She has a deep knowledge of the different grasses and creek roots and their uses for weaving. Ann experiments with colours and is inspired by the techniques of the Yolngu women of the Northern Territory. Her works are beautiful, unique and collectible pieces and signal a new direction for Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Please note: measurements are approximate due to the 3D nature of Tjanpi baskets.

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