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Better World Arts Cushion - Judy Watson - JWA609

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  • Better World Arts Cushion - Judy Watson - JWA609
  • Better World Arts Cushion - Judy Watson - JWA609

Better World Arts

Better World Arts Cushion - Judy Watson - JWA609

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Better World Arts Cushion by Judy Watson

This traditional Kashmiri handicraft vitally supplements an often fluctuating rural income. Wool is custom dyed to match the original artist's image and hand stitched onto a cotton base. Each cushion is backed with natural coloured cotton canvas, and closes with a zip.

Comes with a 100% recycled PET fibre cushion insert.

Dimensions: 40cm x 40cm

The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food. Collecting ngalyipi (snake vine) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where karlangu (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them far to the east and beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country. The ngalyipi vine grows up the trunks and lims of the kurrkara (desert oak) trees. Ngalyipi is a sacred vine to the Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry parrajas (wooden bowls) that are laden with bush tucker and as a tourniquet for headaches. The wavy lines represent the snake vine, the ‘u’ shapes the women, the circular shapes are edible mushrooms the women collect on their travels and the two straight lines in the middle represent digging sticks.


Better World Arts work with a variety of indigenous Arts centres around Australia.
Focusing on fine art instead of predictable commercialised Aboriginal images, this cross-cultural collaboration uses the powerful images from the artists of the APY Lands and the traditional cultural craft heritage of the Kashmir region.
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