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Zoom Wrap Around Scarf - Barrupu Yunupiŋu, Untitled (Ancestral fire)
Zoom Wrap Around Scarf - Barrupu Yunupiŋu, Untitled (Ancestral fire)

Wrap Around Scarf - Barrupu Yunupiŋu, Untitled (Ancestral fire)



This large wrap scarf has been designed and made exclusively in Melbourne for the NGV design store to celebrate the exhibition, Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala. 

Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala showcases the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolŋu women artists from the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre (Buku), in North-East Arnhem Land. Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community run art centre located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community, approximately 700 km east of Darwin. According to Buku, under Yolŋu Law the ‘Land’ extends to include sea, and both land and sea are connected in a single cycle of life for which the Yolŋu hold their songs, sacred designs and art. Yolŋu women at Buku are known for channeling this unique world view into daring and innovative works of art that demonstrate their mastery over the unique medium of bark. 

The NGV design store has collaborated with The Social Studio to produce this exclusive range of apparel and accessories. The Social Studio is a not-for-profit social enterprise, using fashion and creativity to create work and learning opportunities for refugee and new migrant communities. This collection was made in their Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited workshop in Collingwood, Melbourne by the production team of: Tara, Amee, Thi, Zakarya, Nancy, Asal and Ngoc My. 


Silk/wool blend
Dimensions: 70cm x 180cm
Made in Melbourne and designed exclusively for the NGV design store

About the artwork

Barrupu represents the Gumatj miny’tji (sacred design) that embody gurtha (fire). The Gumatj language, Dhuwalandja, is itself known as the tongue of flame, and is believed to incinerate dishonesty. Many early bark paintings by Yolŋu men show this diamond pattern as ordered and tight. This work by Barrupu, however, are characterised by the artist’s spontaneity and gesture. Horizontal and vertical lines represent the different intensities of flame, smoke and ash. Barrupu shows the fire in a macro view, close up and intense, stressing its importance to the Gumatj people.

Barrupu Yunupiŋu
Gumatj 1948–2012
Untitled (Ancestral fire) 2010
earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
105.8 x 68.2 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Lou and Mary Senini, 2010 (2010.370)
© Barrupu Yunupiŋu, courtesy of Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala

Wrap Around Scarf - Barrupu Yunupiŋu, Untitled (Ancestral fire)



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