Australia, Mitjili Napurrula / Ikuntji Artists, Watiya Tjtua Fabcir - Silver (Blue Silk)
The designs themselves come from a long legacy of art making, which itself comes from traditional ceremonial body painting and sand drawing. Artists have then learnt to translate this into textiles through various workshops held at the art centre. The printing technique is traditional hand screen printing methods. The designs are first created on paper or sheets and painted by hand by the artists. They are then casted onto silk screens as negatives. The screens are then hand printed using water based inks onto various fabrics (cotton, silk, linen etc). This is either done in the art centre, or by our printing partners, Publisher Textiles in Sydney Australia. The fabrics are then heat-set to ensure durability. All of the stages take place in Australia with environmental considerations made at each stage.
Since 2017, Ikuntji Artists have been working with screen printing and textile design. Artists have now made a collection of designs (meaning described below) that have been screen-printed by hand, using traditional silk screen techniques. The collection of prints sets Ikuntji Artists as the first Art Centre in the Central Desert to release its own textile collection. The fabric lengths are all printed in small batches and come on various base cloth: cotton drill, tuscany linen and linen blends such as cotton/linen and Tencel linen.
Measurements / dimensions: 137cm wide x 100cm long
Fiber / materials: Water based, non-toxic inks printed on Princess Silk (Dupion).
100% Silk M/Woven 120 reed Dupion 137cm (highest quality weave) Princess Silk is of the highest quality silks, with 120 reed woven dupion. Dupion fabric is tightly woven with different sized weft and warp threads which gives it a textured appearance and highly-lustrous surface. The fibres are yarn dyed separately and then machine woven to make the fabric. Many colours are yarn dyed woven with different coloured warp and weft threads, giving an iridescent look.
Delivery: Sent within ~ 2 weeks of purchase
Price per 1 metre.