In collaboration with Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association the NGV design store has produced a range of textile-based merchandise that celebrates Tiwi art and culture. Jilamara Arts is an Aboriginal-owned creative and cultural hub of the remote Indigenous art centre in the Milikapiti community in the Tiwi Islands. The art centre represents the artwork of around 60 active artists and employs 9 regular arts workers. Jilamara provides access to employment, education and training and is open to all Tiwi people living in Milikapiti.
Featuring a screen-print of artwork by Raelene Keriinauia, this tote bag is made from 100% cotton canvas, measures 42 x 42 cm with reinforced shoulder straps and one large main compartment; Printed at Jilamara Arts and exclusive to the NGV design store.
Raelene Keriinauia paints with the Kayimwagakimi, a traditional Tiwi comb carved from ironwood and is used to paint on the body, on pukumani poles and on bark with ochres sourced directly from Tiwi Islands.
Miyaringa Jilamara (pandanus design) 2020