Tibetan Hand-Knotted Rug 2 x 2.2m-NPA937
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.
Nelly has an intimate knowledge of the Seven Sisters Story, an epic Tjukurpa (creation) story in which a man, Wati Nyiru chases seven sisters across the whole of Australia, shaping the land as they went. The sisters started in Whyalla. Wati Nyiru chased them down to Port Augusta and wouldn’t leave the sisters alone. He wanted to marry the big sister. The sisters left in the middle of the night to try and get away from him while he was sleeping. When Wati Nyiru woke, he wondered where the sisters had gone, but he soon was on their trail again, and found them near Canberra. The eldest sister was worried – she knew he was there again, watching the sisters while they camped. Nelly explains that Wati Nyiru was a mad one, he knew they were scared, but he still followed them. Wati Nyiru got very close to the sisters. The eldest sister was secretly signalling to the sisters that he was nearby, so as to not let Wati Nyiru know she was aware he was there. The man, Wati Nyiru, was singing about how much he wanted the big sister. He did too much dancing, that man, and the sisters ran away. He loved all the girls. The girls kept running. This painting depicts some of the places where the sisters camped.