tjanpi desert weavers, a signatory to the indigenous art code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY woman’s council. tjanpi ('dry grass’) supports aboriginal women living in the remote central and western deserts to create fibre art.
when collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangurnu and yirlintji), 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 sometimes combined with yinirnti (red seeds of the bats-wing coral tree) and wipiya (emu feathers).
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