Sculpture | Kamula (camel) | Ruth Bates | Tjanpi | 40 x 20 x 10cm

This gorgeous warm hued Kamula (camel) sculpture has been handmade by Ruth Bates, a Ngaanyatjarra artist from the remote community of Warakurna in
Western Australia. Featuring the sweetest pose and gorgeous earthy toned weaving, this is a truly special piece of First Nations art.

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.


40 x 20 x 10cm
Materials: Tjanpi (grasses) Raffia and wool
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More about Ruth Bates:
Ruth Bates is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group. Ruth was born in the bush in between Patjarr and Wanarn in Western Australia. She grew up near Wiluna then moved to Warburton where she attended school. Ruth then went to high school in Perth before returning to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Ruth lives with her family and makes large, broad-stitched baskets and sculptures full of character. She enjoys making Tjanpi because it is a nice way to relax.

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

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