Tjanpi Desert Weaver Sculpture: Malu (Kangaroo) by Carolyn Kenta
20cmL x 11cmW x 38cmH
Tjanpi Desert Weavers operates as a social enterprise under the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, engaging women in the remote Central and Western desert regions to generate income through contemporary fibre art. The term "Tjanpi," meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language, symbolizes the collaboration of over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists hailing from 26 distant communities across the NPY lands.
These skilled Tjanpi artists utilize native grasses to craft remarkable contemporary fibre art, skillfully weaving intricate baskets and sculptures that showcase boundless creativity and ingenuity. Rooted in the traditional art of making manguri rings, the practice of working with fibre has evolved into an integral aspect of Central and Western desert culture.
"Carolyn is an artist belonging to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group and is from the remote community of Pukatja, SA.
Carolyn was taught to weave baskets by her mother, Imuna Kenta, in 2008. Carolyn likes working with Tjanpi grasses, and especially enjoys making sculptures of Tinka (lizards) and Tjulpus (Birds). Carolyn has come leaps and bounds in the past few years - improving her
weaving skills dramatically and developing a distinguishable and much-loved style. An artist with a bright and exciting future!"