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This traditional Kashmiri handicraft vitally supplements an often fluctuating rural income. Wool is custom dyed to match the original artist's image and hand stitched onto a cotton base. Each cushion is backed with natural coloured cotton canvas, and closes with a zip.
These cushions are a joint venture between Better World Arts and Kaltjiti Arts, one of the art centres in the isolated Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the remote north west corner of South Australia. Focusing on fine art instead of predictable commercialised Aboriginal images, this cross-cultural collaboration uses the powerful images from the artists of the APY Lands and the traditional cultural craft heritage of the Kashmir region.
In this dreaming story, two dog ancestors, a Jampijinpa and a Napangardi, travelled from the west to the east. At tapu (a rockhole) the two dogs separated. The female dog, Napangardi, went to the south. The male dog, Jampijinpa, went to the north. Eventually he became lonely and howled for Napangardi in the south. She came running to him and they married each other at Ngarnka. They wore men’s and women’s marriage headdresses, and Jampijinpa painted himself with white clay for the ceremony. The two dogs continued running east, before arriving in Warlaku (Ali Curung). this way, the ‘Malikijarra Jukurrpa’ (two dogs Dreaming) tells the story of proper conduct in families and marriages.
Better World Arts work with traditional artisans from remote regions in Kashmir, Peru, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal (Tibetan refugees).
They work with Australian Aboriginal artists from remote communities across Australia, from Arnhem Land to Central and the Western Desert regions, from rural locations and from cities.
Artists benefit from royalties paid to them on a monthly basis. Art centres benefit from a substantial profit share paid on their investments. Artisans benefit by having culturally appropriate opportunities, they are able to supplement rural income by practising age old traditions in their own homes located in remote beautiful clean villages. BWA have created sustainable lives for artisans.
Better World Arts are members of the Fair Traders Association of Australia and New Zealand. The endorsement is a complex assessment of their operations and practice. Many of their suppliers are also endorsed Fair Traders.
Designed in Australia
Made in India
Store Pick Up: Not available
*Local Delivery: Free
*Local Delivery is only available for Sydney metro (within 20km of postcode 2018). Koskela is delivering Monday-Thursday.