Watch traditional weavers work magic to turn desert grasses into quirky, beautiful, contemporary baskets and sculptures to keep their culture strong.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a vibrant not-for-profit Aboriginal social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council. More than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 28 remote communities across 350,000 square kilometres of the Central and Western Deserts work with Tjanpi to create artworks that are unique, innovative and constantly evolving.
Adding a contemporary spin to the traditional, women create baskets, jewellery and an astonishing array of sculptures from locally collected desert grasses bound with string, wool or raffia; often incorporating feathers, seeds and found materials.
Tjanpi provides one of few opportunities for women living in these remote communities to earn their own income. However Tjanpi is much more than just fibre art and income; it is firmly embedded in contemporary Central and Western Desert culture as a movement that celebrates Life, Creativity and Country.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an Aboriginal governed and directed social enterprise and all profits go towards improving the lives of women living in the NPY Lands.
Visit our Alice Springs Gallery to see first hand the beautiful work created by mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters and grandmothers. Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and closed for the month of January and all public holidays and weekends.