Cushion Cover Wool 40cm (16in)
These beautiful, unique textiles are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Kashmiri handicraft. The chain-stitched (Gabba in local Kashmiri) cushions are hand stitched by rural folk in remote villages in one specific region of Kashmir. Over generations they have honed their skills and refined their hand crafted produce. Only the most skilful artisans can faithfully reproduce the images we send to them. Aboriginal artists in remote regions in Australia, as well as others living in our cities, benefit from regular royalties paid monthly, as well as using these products to tell other people about their rich cultural heritage.
In this design Julie Woods is illustrating the story of the Two Sisters.
Two sisters travel through their mothers country towards Docker River, Northern Territory. They stopped at IIkuwaratjara and cut a wana (digging stick).
The little sister was getting homesick, but the big sister said, "No, I am taking you to meet your family." Along the way they digging for Kuka (meat such as goanna) and Tiny (Bilby).
The pure wool is dyed in situ and the stitching is done by hand, the chain-stitch being a traditional Kashmiri handicraft.