Rug Wool 5×8 (152x244cm) XL

Rug Wool 5×8 (152x244cm) XL

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These beautiful, unique rugs are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Kashmiri rug-making techniques. Chain stitched, using hand dyed wool and finished with a heavy cotton backing, each rug is a completely handmade piece. This project is unusual because the rug is owned by the artists, rather than licensed to a third party. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these rugs guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.

These rugs have non-slip backing and a sleeve for hanging rod.

In this design Liddy Napanangka Walker is illustrating the story of Wakirlpirri Dogwood Tree Dreaming)

'Wakirlpirri' is a very useful tree that grows on the sides of creek beds and near 'mulga' trees. The seeds of this tree can be eaten raw or cooked on the fire. A deliciously sweet drink called 'yinjirrpi' is made from the seeds when they have been dried. The wood can be used to make weapons such as 'Karl' (boomerangs) and dancing boards for ceremonies.

This work is produced in remote villages by local artists. The pure wool is dyed in situ and the stitching is done by hand; chain-stitch is a traditional Kashmiri handicraft.