Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a not- for-profit social enterprise of Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, an Aboriginal governed and directed Corporation. Out of a need for meaningful and appropriate employment, NPY members created Tjanpi to enable women on the lands to earn a regular income from selling their fibre art.

Tjanpi (meaning grass) supports the production and marketing of baskets, sculptures and seed jewellery made by over 400 women from 28 remote communities across three states of Australia: Northern Territory, Western Australia and Sout Australia.

Tjanpi provides one of the few opportunities for self-initiated income on the Lands and brings Aboriginal women together on their country to collect grass, sculpt and weave, sing and dance and keep culture strong whilst creating beautiful, intricate, whimsical fibre art.

This work of the Desert Weavers is represented in national and international public and private art collections and has an extensive exhibition programme. In 2005 Tjanpi weavers from Papulankutja (WA) won the prestigious Telstra NATSI Art Award.

Support the Tjanpi Desert Weavers by purchasing one of their beautiful handmade baskets or woven sculptures here at Home of Artisans. 

The video you see featured here is courtesy of Koskela, an Australian furniture and interior company. The lampshades featured here are available only from Koskela.

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