Aboriginal Tea Towel, Kitchen TowelDesign: Australian Aboriginal - Seven Sisters DreamingMain Colour: MulticolouredArtist: Athena Nangala GranitesSize: 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 Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa depicts the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky today in the cluster of seven stars in the constellation known as the Pleiades. Pleiades are seven women of the Napaljarri skin group and are often depicted in paintings of this Jukurrpa carrying the Jampijinpa man ‘wardilyka’ (the bush turkey) who is in love with the Napaljarri-warnu. Jukurra-jukurra, the morning star, is a Jakamarra man who is also in love with the seven Napaljarri sisters and is often shown chasing them across the night sky. In a final attempt to escape from the Jakamarra the Napaljarri-warnu turned themselves into the fire and ascended to the heavens to become stars. The custodians of the Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa are Japaljarri /Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri /Nungarrayi women. Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa (Star Dreaming) tells of the journey of Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men. The site depicted in this canvas is Yanjirlypiri (star) where there is a low hill and a water soakage. The importance of this place cannot be overemphasized as young boys are brought here to be initiated from as far as Pitjanjatjara country to the south and Lajamanu to the north. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. Often depicted in paintings for this Jukurrpa is the female star Yantarlarangi who chases the seven Napaljarri sisters for having stolen the night from her.
The Artist: “I learnt to paint by watching my mother, my sisters and my grandmother paint.” Athena Nangala Granites was born in 1994 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She has lived most of her life in Yuendumu, attending the local school and graduating from Senior Girls Upper School in 2009. Since leaving school she has gained work experience working in the office at Mt Theo, a program that provides comprehensive training in youth development and leadership. She is also married Sebastian Jupurrurla Wilson and they have one son, “little Henry Peterson Wilson”. Although young, Athena comes from a long line of artists. She is the daughter of Geraldine Napangardi Granites and the grand-daughter of Alma Nungarrayi Granites, well-known artists who paint with Warlukurlangu Artists. She is also the great grand-daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims one of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists. Athena has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Corporation.
ABORIGINAL TEA TOWEL, KITCHEN TOWEL - COTTON - AUSTRALIA, SEVEN SISTERS DREAMING
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