Composition: Hand dyed wool and cotton
Size: 122 x 183 cm (48 x 72 inches)
- Hand embroidered/chain-stitched
- All natural fibres – embroidered wool on cotton canvas
- Fair Trade certified
- Limited edition – individually numbered
- Certificate of Authenticity supplied with each kilim
- Royalties paid to the artist/family on every sale
- Hard wearing
- Back has non-slip surface
- Each kilim has flap on the rear for ease of hanging with dowel/rod
- Matching cushion covers are also available
Chain-stitched kilims are a traditional rug/soft furnishings making technique from Kashmir. As people sat on the floor they were both homewares and decoration. As many artworks are painted on the ground or 3D surfaces/bodies most of the images do not have a set orientation so can also be hung portrait or landscape if preferred.
Artist: Isaiah Nagurrgurrba
Isaiah Nagurrgurrba is a Kunwinjku man who was first a screen printer in the famed fabric printing workshop at Injalak Arts. He later became a very accomplished artist. He is an important member of the Gunbalanya Community and is actively involved in the ceremonial life and traditional culture of this community. His country is Marikawa south east of Oenpelli and his major Djang or Dreaming story is Yawk Yawk or female water spirits, mythological spirit beings that closely resemble the European notion of mermaids.
Isaiah has had product designs licensed to Yijan since the early 1990s.
His work has been shown in Perth and Darwin and he was a finalist in the 1998 annual Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards, one of the most prestigious Aboriginal art awards in Australia.
He was participated in several group exhibitions in various parts of Australia.*
About the design: Namarnkol (Barramundi)
Namarnkol, barramundi, is an important fish for us Bininj. Barramundi are found in the ocean, in floodwaters, and freshwater billabongs, rivers and creeks. In the old days, people used to spear them with djalakirradj (three-pronged fish spears) and walabi (traditional triangular nets). Nowadays, we catch them with fishing lines and modern nets. Barramundi are most easily caught from the end of the monsoon (March -April) until the humid build up season (October-November). There are Barramundi Dreaming sites in lots of clan countries, where the ancestral Barramundi placed itself as a Dreaming. Men and women will say My Dreaming is Barramundi, it placed itself in my country.
Do not put place/use in direct sunlight or colors may fade. Dry cleaning recommended. Can be gently ironed on a steam wool setting on the front of the rug or use a steamer.
About the Better World Arts chainstitch kilim products
These beautiful, unique textiles are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Kashmiri rug-making techniques. Chain stitched, using hand dyed wool, each is a completely handmade piece. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these products guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.