Woven Basket by Suzanne Armstrong | Blue Green & Natural | Tjanpi Desert Weavers

This exquisite woven basket 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. These baskets are strikingly bold and colourful sculptural pieces with layers of historical significance.

Suzanne Armstrong learned how to make artworks from her mother, Nita Williamson (Kalka) and has developed a very distinctive sculptural style incorporating wire and raffia. Suzanne, Nita, and their respective partners Clinton Ginger and Arnold Nipper are highly supportive of the artists and the family usually make these artworks together.

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 (wild harvested grass), raffia
Size: 19 x 19 x 7.5cm 

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