Tjanpi Basket | Priscilla Singer


Made from desert grasses and raffia by Priscilla Singer (Iwantja).

Measures 15cm diameter x 5cm high.

1 in stock

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Priscilla Singer is a senior Pitjantjatjara woman who lives in the remote community of Indulkana, South Autralia. Priscilla completed her senior years of high school in Adelaide, but later moved back to her home on the APY Lands to live. She is the eldest of six siblings that include the renowned arƟst Trish Singer. As well as a painter and Anangu teacher at the Indulkana School, she is a strong Tjanpi artist
who has been making fibre works since 2014.

Tjanpi (meaning ‘dry grass’) evolved from a series of basket weaving workshops held on remote communities in the Western Desert by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara Women’s Council in 1995. Building on traditions of using fibre for medicinal, ceremonial and daily purposes, women took easily to making coiled baskets. These new-found skills were shared with relations on neighbouring communities and weaving quickly spread. Today over 400 women across 28 communities are making baskets and sculptures out of grass and working with fibre in this way is firmly embedded in Western and Central desert culture. While out collecting desert grasses for their fibre art, women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country. Tjanpi Desert Weavers is Aboriginal owned and is directed by an Aboriginal executive. It is an arts business but also a social enterprise that provides numerous social and cultural benefits and services to weavers and their families. Tjanpi’s philosophy is to keep culture strong, maintain links with country and provide meaningful employment to the keepers and teachers of the desert weaving business.

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