Tibetan Hand-knotted Rug 1.2 x 2.3m-PST604
These beautiful, unique rugs are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Tibetan rug-making techniques. Handknotted, using hand dyed wool, each is a made in a community in Kathmandu auspiced by the Dalai Llama’s Government in exile.
These rugs were ordered one week before the 2015 earthquake in Nepal (also known as the Gorkha earthquake). This devastating earthquake stopped work on our order for over 12 months. The earthquake displaced the artisans and many people lived outdoors form months following the tragedy. Production of the rugs was held up for over 12 months as working was extremely difficult. The order and production of these rugs helped keep our suppliers in business over a difficult time.
This project brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these rugs guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.
This painting shows the Yam and Bush Tomato Dreamings. You can see the Yams and the small round berries of the Bush Tomatoes. The place associated with this Dreaming is west of Yuendumu. In the Dreamtine the people used to eat these fruits and vegetables, just as our old people lived off them. What I have painted here is the Dreamtime Yams and Bush Tomatoes. I painted them here for the children to see.