Aboriginal Tea Towel, Kitchen TowelDesign: Australian Aboriginal - Brushtail Possum DreamMain Colour: MulticolouredArtist: Judith Nungarrayi MartinSize: 75cm x 48cm (approx)
Fabric: 100% CottonCare:* Warm hand wash, or gentle machine wash
* Do not spin soak, bleach or wring or drip dry or dry without delay from direct heat* Warm iron only.Royalties are paid to the artist and their familyThe Artwork: The country associated with the Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brushtailed Possum [Tricosurus vulpecula] Dreaming) is Mungapunju, a hill south of the Yuendumu. A large family of ancestral ‘janganpa’ travelled east to Yukurdiyi. Then they travelled back to Mungapunju. The ‘janganpa’ live in hollow trees and hunt nocturnally, carrying their young on their backs. ‘Janganpa’ were once frequently found across much of Warlpiri and neighboring country but have become extinct in recent years. It is speculated that this extinction may be due to feral cat predation and the changes to their habitat caused by the introduction of cattle and other feral animals. The ‘janganpa’ is considered good meat for ‘yapa’ (Warlpiri people). Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women are the custodians of this Jukurrpa. In traditional Warlpiri iconography, circles are used to represent the camps of the ‘janganpa’, curved lines depict the tracks led by the ‘janganpa’s’ tail and 'E' shapes are used to represent the ‘janganpa's’ footprints.
The Artist: Judith was born in 1976 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Judith has been painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1994. As a young child she would watch her family paint and listen to their stories. Although her production of artwork was initially sporadic – she began to paint full time when she had her sons and daughter. “I wanted to paint the stories to teach my kids”. Judith paints her father’s Jukurrpa (Dreamings), that include Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush Tail Possum Dreaming) and Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming). These Dreamings have been passed down through the generations for millennia and relate directly to the land, its features and the animals and plants that inhabit it. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Japan. She uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
ABORIGINAL TEA TOWEL, KITCHEN TOWEL - COTTON - AUSTRALIA, BRUSHTAIL POSSUM DREAM
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