Material: Tjanpi (grass), raffia
Dimensions: D25cm x H7cm
About the Maker: Kathy Dodd is an artist belonging to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group and lives in the remote community of Amata, South Australia. Kathy began making baskets for Tjanpi in 2010 and has a wonderful eye for detail.
Meet the Group: Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY Women's council. Tjanpi (meaning 'dry grass') supports Aboriginal women living in remote Central and Western desert communities to create contemporary fibre art.
When collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangurnu and yilintji), women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families, and teach children about country. Grass is bound with wool, string or raffia and combined with yinirnti (red seeds of the bat-wing coral tree) and wipiya (emu feathers).