Tjanpi Desert Weavers - Alice Springs
Tjanpi Desert Weavers are famous for creating quirky human figures, animals and even life-size utes using traditional weaving techniques.
Call in at the Tjanpi retail gallery in Alice Springs to peruse and purchase an original piece from the range of fibre sculptures and baskets. Tjanpi also stocks ininti (bats-wing coral) seed jewellery combined with gum nuts painted with traditional designs. If the season is right, you may also pick up a fantastic, brightly coloured beanie for the chilly desert winter nights.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers use primarily native dry desert grasses (Tjanpi), bound and stitched with string, wool and raffia in their baskets and sculptures. Sometimes the grasses are dyed with native plants, and decorated with Emu feathers and seeds.
Today over 400 women across three states and 20 communities produce work for Tjanpi. Working with fibre in this way is now firmly embedded in central and western desert culture.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an indigenous arts enterprise and profits from sales support the 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and governed Tjanpi.
Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and closed for the month of January and all public holidays and weekends.
Facilities for Tjanpi Desert Weavers
- Car park
- Coach Parking
- First aid equipment
Experiences around Alice Springs
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander