Add vibrant colour and culture to your textile projects with this incredible Warlukurlangu Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer Goanna Dreaming #1 Printed 112 cm Cotton Fabric. This fabric is ideal for quilting and patchwork projects, or making items such as scrunchies, headbands, bookbags, aprons, oven mitts and toiletries bags. This material is composed of 100% cotton and supplied in a 112 cm width. Spotlight has a beautiful range of fabrics, manchester and home décor items featuring amazing artwork by the talented indigenous peoples creating with Warlukurlangu, Artists of Yuendumu. Find the perfect piece for your home, in-store or online.
This painting depicts a 'wardapi Jukurrpa' (sand monitor/goanna [Varanus Gouldii] Dreaming). This dramatic Jukurrpa travels between Purturlu (Mount Theo), approximately 150kms north-northwest of Yuendumu, and Yarripilangu (Newhaven), which is approximately 100kms southwest of Yuendumu. This painting focuses on the portion of the Jukurrpa that takes place at Yarripilangu, which is owned by Napaljarri/ Nungarrayi Women and Japaljarri/ Jungarrayi men. The portion of the Jukurrpa at Purturlu belongs to Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/Japangarrdi men.
Goanna Dreaming #1 by Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer
This Jukurrpa tells the story of a Japangardi man named Wamaru who lived at jarrardajarrayi near a soakage called Juntangkalpa. He travelled south to Yarripilangu and approved a group of 'karnta' (women) that were sitting down in a circle there. He wanted to woo a Nungarrayi woman named Yurlkurinyi who was the wrong skin for him. By tribal law, this woman was his mother-in-law and their relationship would be taboo.
The Japangardi man wooed the Nungarrayi woman and they went up the hill at Yarripilangu where they made love. The earth there turned to 'ngunjungunju' (white ochre) and the man turned himself and all the 'karnta' (women) into 'wardapi' (goannas). The Japangardi then eventually brought the Nungarrayi women back to Purturlu to live, even though they were the wrong skin for each other.
White ochre is still found on top of the hill at Yarripilangu and is used today for love magic and for ceremonial decoration. There's also a cave where you can see the shape of a goanna entering. There are beautiful groundwater springs on the east side of the Yarripilangu hill. A number of important Jukurrpa associated with men's' initiation ceremonies pass through Yarripilangu: these include 'karnta Jukurrpa' (women's' Dreaming), 'ngalyipi Jukurrpa' (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina] Dreaming), 'wati-jarra Jukurrpa' (two men Dreaming), and 'witi Jukurrpa, (ceremonial pole Dreaming).
Country Of Origin
Made In Pakistan.
112 cm width, sold by the metre
Cold hand wash separately before use.
Machine Washing Instructions
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Do not bleach.
Hang dry in shade.
Dry Cleaning Instructions
Dry clean not recommended.
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