Material: Tjanpi (grass), raffia
Dimensions: D14cm x H6cm
About the Maker: Julie Anderson is an artist belonging to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group and is from the remote community of Finke, Northern Territory. Julie's works incorporate a wonderful sense of colour and enjoys the meditative aspects of basket weaving.
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).