EDITION TIBETAN HAND KNOTTED RUG design by Angkatji (Rini) Tiger

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EDITION TIBETAN HAND KNOTTED RUG design by Angkatji (Rini) Tiger


Limited Edition Tibetan Hand Knotted Rug #1/2

170 x 170cm

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This beautiful rug is born from a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Tibetan rug-making techniques. Hand knotted, using hand dyed wool, made in a community in Kathmandu, the endeavour is auspiced by the Dalai Llama’s Government in exile.

The rug designed for this collaboration 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 is a Jukurrpa (creation) story from up near Amata. There were two brothers who married two sisters. The sisters are in the top left and right corners of the painting. They are digging for bushtucker near some rockholes. The lines between the holes are where the ladies have been digging tjawani. The sisters did not come home for a long time, and the brothers said let’s go and change into water serpents. After all their digging, the sisters are thirsty and get up to go into the water, and the brothers are there, they’re waiting. When the sisters drink the water, the brothers rise up out of the rockhole as water serpents and swallow their wives.

The artist, Angkatji Nola Tiger, was born in Ernabella (Pukatja), in the Anangu Pitjatjantjara/ Yankunytjatjara Lands in the north west of South Australia. She grew up and went to school there as a young girl and it was here that she first started painting in the craft room. Angkatji then moved to Amata, and lived there for a long time. Angkatji has painted in many community art centres and also conducted tours in the APY Lands for Desert Tracks. She is extremely knowledgeable in Pitjantjatjara tjukurpa stories and the central desert landscape. Angkatji comes from a family of well-known artists and creates beautifully executed works about dreamtime stories including Piltati, Seven Sisters and the Ngintaka Story.

Text courtesy of Better World Arts