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Aboriginal Art Decoration - Lappi Lappi Dreaming

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Royalties from this product directly benefit the Aboriginal artist Antonia Napangardi Michaels and her community.

Australian made Aboriginal art decoration. Hang an original bit of Australia in your home!

The colourful Christmas Decoration has been created by Bits of Australia through a collaboration with Australian makers and artists.

The beautiful ornament has been hand made in Victoria and features stunning Aboriginal artwork by Antonia Napangardi Michaels from the Warlukurlangu Art Centre in Central Australia. The centre is a non-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal owned by its artists from the remote communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi.

Product Details:

Decoration: Single digitally printed pine plywood decoration 2.5mm thick with a red ribbon
Size: 7cm wide by 8cm high
Artist: Antonia Napangardi Michaels
Artwork: Printed both sides with the artwork 'Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa' (Lappi Lappi Dreaming). Artist information also printed on the back
Country of Manufacture: Made in Australia
Packaging: Decoration hangs on a small card with artist information
Social Impact: Royalties from the sale of the decoration directly benefit the Aboriginal artist Antonia Napangardi Michaels and her community

Antonia Napangardi Michaels was born in Alice Springs Hospital in 1998, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote aboriginal community located approximately 420 km north-west of Alice Springs and approx. 130 km north-west of Yuendumu, in the Northern Territory of Australia. Antonia continues the family tradition of artists painting her Grandmother’s Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa(Lappi Lappi Dreaming) and her father’s Janganpa Jukurrpa (Bush-tailed Possum Dreaming), stories which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her Parents and their parents before them for millennia.  She learnt to paint first at school and then by watching all the family paint. She uses an unrestricted palette to depict her traditional iconography, at the same time developing a modern individualist style, using pattern in a variety of contexts.

The subject of this work is Lappi Lappi, a rock hole near Lake Hazlett, about 90 km northwest of Lake Mackay in Western Australia. The country belongs to Nampijinpa/Jampijinpa and Nangala/Jangala skin groups. Located in a sheltered basin, the rock hole at Lappi Lappi is a permanent source of water, and is surrounded by country rich in bush tucker. In the time of the Jukurrpa (Dreamtime) many mothers with young children would gather there because it was a safe place to stay. The rock hole at Lappi Lappi is home to a ‘warnayarra’, a rainbow serpent that travels underground between various rock holes. One day, women were gathered at the rock hole with their children, singing and dancing. When the ‘warnayarra’ heard the sound of voices, it travelled silently towards them, under the water. When it reached the edge of the rock hole, it rose out of the water and ate them all.

The decoration makes a small ethical gift for Christmas. It is perfect for family, friends and corporate gifting. Lightweight it is also a unique Australian gift to send overseas.