Julie Woods – Two Women – Kilim (L)


Design based on an original artwork by Julie Woods from Papulankutja Artists, in Blackstone in the Ngaanyatjara Lands in Central Australia and hand embroidered by Kashmiri artisans.

These beautiful woollen embroideries work equally well as floor rugs and wall hangings making superb statement pieces with colour, warmth and texture. This artwork created as part of an accredited Fair Trade cross-cultural collaboration.

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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: Julie Woods

About the design:  Minyma Kutjara Tjurkurpa (Two Women Ancestral Creation/Dreaming Story)
Julie is telling the story of two sisters travelling through her mother’s country towards Docker River, Northern Territory. They stopped at Ilkuwaratjara and cut a wana (digging sIck). The punu (wood) was really straight. The little sister was gettng homesick, but the big sister said; “No, I am taking you to meet your family.” Along the way they were digging for kuka (meat such as goanna) and Niny (Bilby). They got kuka and they were happy to have a good feed. The ‘U’ shapes are the sisters. Next to them are their wana or digging sick. The circles represent rock or water holes where water collects after the rains.

Julie was born at Irruntju (Wingellina), WA, but grew up across the border in SA at Kanpi where her parents moved when she was young. She started school at Yirrara College in Alice Springs – a boarding school for Aboriginal students who live in remote communities.

Her mother was Elaine Woods, and her maternal grandmother, Maringka Baker, is a highly regarded painter with Tjungu Palya  based at Nyapiri, in the APY Lands.

As Julie was taught to paint by her grandmother, she inherited her grandmother’s story from Irruntju regarding a scared place associated with two sisters travelling as well as Ku Ala – a sacred women’s place south of Irruntju.  Julie’s distinctive style can be attributed to artists who painted st Tjungu Palya.

Julie moved to Blackstone to be with her partner Lance Peck also an artist with Papulankutja Artists. Blackstone is Julie’s grandfather’s (Maringka’s husband) country.

Do not put place/use in direct sunlight or colors may fade. Dry cleaning recommended. Can be vacuumed. Can be ironed on a wool steam setting.

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.


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