Tiwi Designs Jilamara cotton fabric


Regular price €150,00
Jilamara fabric, screen printed by hand on Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia.
Colour: dark green on white, light cotton.
Size of piece: 130cm wide x 200cm length.
As these fabrics are hand screen printed there may be some marks or overlaps in the colour.
Tiwi Design is in Nguiu on Bathurst Island, 80km north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia. It is one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia. They produce art works such as ochre paintings, ironwood carvings, screen printed fabrics, ceramics and other art work. The aim of the organisation is to promote, preserve and enrich the unique Tiwi culture. 
The Jilamara pattern is by artist Jean Baptiste Apuatimi.

"All my paintings are ceremony, same like this one. We tiwi paint our bodies with ochre for ceremony. This is our body painting design. This is olden days painting.  Long ago in the early days we put Yalinga (red ochre), Arrikininga (yellow ochre) and tutuyangini (white ochre) on our face and body for Pukumani (fineral) and Kulama (Yam) ceremonies.  The bars going across are the Jilamara (body painting) we put across our stomach and chest.  Sometimes we still do this.  My husband taught me this style, he used to tell me story about that painting."

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