Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, working with women in the remote Central and Western deserts who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. Tjanpi (meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language) represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands.
Tjanpi artists use native grasses to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. Originally developing from the traditional practice of making manguri rings, working with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture.
Nancy Nanana Jackson, Joyce James, Tracey Yates, Erica Ikunga Shorty, Loretta Tiku Carroll, Margaret Ngilan Dodd, Rebecca Spencer, Sheena Dodd, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Naomi Kantjuri, Margaret Heffernan Robinson, Margret Smith, Margret Dagg, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Maringka Burton, Anawari Mitchell Inpiti, Niningka Lewis, Carlene Thompson, Chriselda Farmer, Nancy Jackson Nanana, Polly Jackson, Butler Pawuya, Delilah Shepherd Roberta, Eunice Porter, Yunurupa, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Roshanna Elizabeth Yinga Williamson, Denise Jackson, Julie Anderson, Corinna Shepherd, Myra Malbunka, Maureen Baker, Ruth Bates, Wipana Muwitja Jimmy, Cynthia Burke, Ilawanti Ungkutjuru Ken