Camel Sculpture by Laura Kanari | Tjanpi Desert Weavers
This exquisite Camel Sculpture draws on the traditional practice of making manguri rings - a ring worn on the head made of woven grasses and cloth. Working with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture. Here we see traditional techniques re-imagined 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.
Laura Kanari is a Pitjantjatjara woman from Pipalyatjara, SA. Laura began making Tjanpi in 2018, making lovely strong baskets before branching out into woven sculptures such as this Camel. Laura's mother used to make baskets and Laura learn by watching her.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, working with women in the remote Central and Western desert regions who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. Tjanpi (meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language) represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands.
Tjanpi artists use native grasses to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. Tjanpi embodies the energies and rhythms of Country, culture and community. The shared stories, skills and experiences of this wide-reaching network of mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters and grandmothers form the bloodline of the desert weaving phenomenon and have fuelled Tjanpi’s rich history of collaborative practice.
You can view other works by Tjanpi Desert Weaver by clicking here.
Materials: Tjanpi (dry harvested grass), wool, raffia
Size: 40 (L) x 28 (H) x 19cm (W)
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