Tali Tali design by Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon, screen printed by hand onto Khadi silk.

This design by Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon’s shows her Tjukurrpa, the Tali Tali Dreaming. It refers to the vast and desolate sandhills of her country near Taalalpi, which is located beyond the Kintore/Kiwikurra road near the West Australian and Northern Territory border. This is the country where her father and mother used to travel by foot when she was a young girl. The place is still of great spiritual significance to Alice and her father’s family as it contains both, personal and tribal law to which Alice relates in her work. Water has collected in between the sandhills, providing sustenance for her porcupine. The tjilkamata (porcupine) is Alice’s own personal Tjukurrpa (dreaming). She returned to her country for a visit in late 2005.

This Khadi Silk has been handwoven by Bengel weaver Asit Ganai fron natural fibres. Because it is hand made, the finished product is beautifully textured with shades of the natural fibres coming through.