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Handwoven Kashmir wool table runner woven with exceptional Aboriginal Australian art. The artist owns the art and is paid a regular royalty for its use under the Indigenous Art Code. Each one includes a description of the art and its meaning to the artist as well as telling the story of the artist. Fair Trade produced from wool in Kashmir. Dimensions: length 120 cm, width 31 cm.
Artist: Damien and Yipli Marks.
Description: This is a very detailed painting which describes a dry time of year in Damien’s homeland, Mount Liebig. The painting illustrates aspects of landscape and culture around that area that was told to Damien by his great-grandmother and great- grandfather. There are women sitting with their children collecting bush potatoes (the mass of red shapes at the bottom of the painting). The women are talking and getting ready for a ceremony. There is one man (wati) sitting down with his waru (spear). The spinifex is dry and so the man is walking around making bushfires. He is a good man, he is undertaking controlled burnings so the spinifex burns up and then good fruits can grow after this. There are several symbols in this painting. The small sun-like symbols represent women’s body painting – these are the images the women are painting on each other as they sit down ready for inma – traditional ceremony. There is a dry creek bed running through the painting (in red and white), and there are cracks in the ground and claypans. There are also dried rockholes (tjukula), and next to them are tali – sandhills.