Tjanpi Desert Weaver Sculpture: Tjulpu (Bird) by Linda Bulla
35cmL x 31cmW x 21cmH
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.
"Linda Bulla is a Yankunytjatjarra woman and recent Tjanpi arst based in the remote community of Imanpa, Northern Territory. Linda
first tried her hand at weaving during a Tjanpi skills development workshop in 2022, alongside her sister Tanya Bulla.