Basket (Norma Unurpa Bryant)
Basket (Norma Unurpa Bryant)

Basket (Norma Unurpa Bryant)

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Material: Tjanpi (grass), raffia

Dimensions: D21cm x H8cm

About the Maker: Norma Unurpa Bryant is an emerging Tjanpi artist, beginning Tjanpi at a basket masterclass in 2016. Norma is also a talented painter and is represented by the Minyma Kutjara Arts Project in Irrunytju in this endeavour.

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).