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Kathy Ninyapuya

Pandanus fibre with natural dye



Mat (Maad) made from Gunga (Pandanus Spiralis), using a twining process. The twinning technique may be thought of as the twisting together of elements. Artists take two twisting lengths of pandanus and work them across a series of vertical or radiating lengths. The twisting lengths are the ‘active’ elements of the structure and the radiating lengths are ‘passive’. The twining technique is traditional and a number of forms were made for ceremonial and utilitarian purposes. A conical mat was made for initiation ceremonies, and flattened, used for various purposes. Variation in the twining occurs through changing the density, the order, or the colour. The Gunga is coloured with natural bush dyes. Flat mats are traditionally used for sitting on, shelter or preparing food etc.

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Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts

Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts is a remote Art Centre in east Arnhemland. We are owned by our Yolŋu members, have a Yolŋu Board, and employ a Manager and Arts Workers. We support over one hundred artists from Gapuwiyak and surrounding homelands.

Gapuwiyak is a small, Yolŋu town in the middle of Miyarrka, a region around Arnhem Bay. There are eighteen clans in this region each with their own interconnected clan estates, songs, patterns and designs.

The Art Centre assists artists to collect and prepare materials, make high-quality art, explore ideas, develop knowledge and skills, exhibit, market and sell their work.

We run tourism and cultural programs. Our Culture and Art Centre is a great place to meet, relax, enjoy a coffee and learn about Yolŋu culture and art.

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It is very important to us that you are happy with your purchase, if not; we will fully refund you for the value of the artwork, minus postage costs, once it has been returned to us. You must notify the Art Centre within 10 days of receiving the purchased item if you are dissatisfied and explain why. You need only pay the cost of returning the item to the Art Centre. The work must be returned in its original condition with all of its accompanying documentation and packaged correctly for the guarantee to apply.

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  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation takes no responsibility for the cancellation, return or exchange of any purchases made at the 2020 online Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. All cancellations, returns or exchange requests must be directed to the Art Centre where the purchase was made.
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