The NGV design store has designed a range of merchandise to celebrate the diversity of mark making and colour in Tiwi visual culture.
TIWI celebrates the unique art and culture of the Tiwi people of Melville and Bathurst Islands and explores the dynamic trajectory of Tiwi art across time and media. Tiwi art is intimately connected with song and dance and with jilamara, the idiosyncratic body painting designs with which performers celebrate kulama and conceal their identity from mapurtiti (spirits of the deceased) for pukumani ceremonies. The spirit of each work resides in the Tiwi notion of individual creativity, expressed through turtiyanginari (colour), patterns of marlipinyini (lines), kurluwukari (circles) and pwanga (dots).
This scarf is made from georgette, measures 140 x 93 cm and features Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni’s painitng Pwoja – Pukumani body paint design, 2002. Exclusive to the NGV design store.
TARACARIJIMO FREDA WARLAPINNI
Tiwi c. 1928–2003Pwoja – Pukumani body paint design
earth pigments on canvas
137.0 x 84.0 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Purchased, 2002 (274.2002)