Composition: Hand dyed wool and cotton
Size: 61 x 91 cm (24 x 36 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 do not have a set orientation so can also be displayed on a wall in portrait or landscape if preferred.
Artist: Don Nakidilinj Namundja
Design Story: Ngalyod (Rainbow Serpent)
The artist has painted Ngalyod, the Rainbow Serpent. Ngalyod is regarded as a very important ancestor spirit in Western Arnhem Land and appears in various manifestations in Kunwinjku mythology. In the Dreamtime she assumed a range of animal forms including snake, kangaroo and crocodile and at times transformed herself from one to the other, or into a combination of each. It is believed that as a serpent she tunnels underground using barbed extensions from her head andthe bony protuberance from her neck as aids. It is believed that Ngalyod dwells in various billabongs in Arnhem Land today, sometimes swallowing bininj (the Kunwinjku term for Aboriginal people) as punishment when they break traditional laws.Ngalyod is painted by many Kunwinjku artists, according to eachartists own imagination and mythological background. She is often depicted with the leaves of the mandem (water lily) protruding from her back. The hatching technique used for the in-fill of the body is called rarrk.
Don Namundja is a member of Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in the Northern Territory of Australia.
This image is classic Kunwinjku style painting inspired by the millennia old rock art in West Arnhem Land.
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.