National Showcase: celebrating Indigenous craftsmanship in the Northern Territory

July kicks off the eighth month of the National Showcase, a fantastic program spotlighting Australian-made products from all corners of the nation, right here in Parliament House. 

In collaboration with Parliamentarians and local communities, we're excited to introduce you to four standout Aboriginal businesses from the Top End and Red Centre in our first Northern Territory feature. Known for their exceptional craftsmanship, we are thrilled to present these remarkable products. 

At the Parliament Shop, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners and custodians of Country throughout the Northern Territory and celebrate Aboriginal culture as an intrinsic part of the Territory’s identity. 

 

PRE-STRETCHED PAINTINGS BY WARLUKURLANGU ARTISTS (YUENDUMU) 

 

Since 1985, the Warlukurlangu Artists have been producing vibrantly coloured Aboriginal art, promoting Indigenous culture, and supporting the remote community of Yuendumu. As one of the oldest and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centers in Central Australia, their name, Warlukurlangu, means 'belonging to fire' in the Warlpiri language, named after a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu. 

Each painting tells the story of the artists’ deep connection to their country, showcasing the landscape's features, the flora and fauna, and the creation myth from the Dreamtime. With each artist boasting their unique style and distinctive colour palette, no two paintings are ever alike. 

 

BODY BUTTER BY YAYE (SANDERSON) 

 

Say hello to Yaye's luxurious body butters, infused with extracts from Central Australia's native plants. Crafted with natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E, they also feature silky lemongrass, emu bush, and white cypress pine—plants used by Aboriginal people for millennia. 

These body butters replenish lost moisture, strengthen the skin's natural barrier, and provide long-lasting hydration. Founded by Melissa, a Warumungu and Luritja woman, and her husband Anthony, an Arrente man, Yaye is more than just skincare; it's a celebration of cultural knowledge and ancient wisdom. 

 

WOVEN ANIMAL SCULPTURES BY TJANPI DESERT WEAVERS (ALICE SPRINGS)  

 

Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, collaborates with women in remote Central and Western desert regions who earn an income through contemporary fibre art. 

Tjanpi, meaning grass in the Pitjantjatjara language, represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities. Using native grasses, these talented artists weave colourful baskets and animal sculptures of all shapes and sizes, showcasing endless creativity. 

The practice of weaving itself embodies the energies and rhythms of Country, culture, and community. The shared stories, skills, and experiences of this wide-reaching network of mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters, and grandmothers form the bloodline of the desert weaving phenomenon and have fueled Tjanpi’s rich history of collaborative practice. 

 

 

IRONWOOD CARVINGS BY TIWI DESIGN (WURRUMIYANGA/NGUIU) 

 

Lastly, we have the stunning ironwood carvings from Tiwi Design, an esteemed art centre in Nguiu on Bathurst Island. As one of Australia’s oldest and most artistically diverse art centres, Tiwi Design aims to promote, preserve, and enrich Tiwi culture. 

Today, Tiwi Design continues this mission with around 100 artists creating a variety of works, including paintings, wood sculptures, textiles, ceramics, pandanus weaving, and printmaking. Beyond carvings, these skilled artists also produce ochre paintings on canvas and bark, screen-printed fabrics, ceramics, bronze and glass sculptures, and limited edition prints. 

As members of the Indigenous Art Code when you buy an Indigenous artwork or product from the Parliament Shop you can be sure that you are purchasing an authentic product, and the artist will receive a direct benefit from the sale. 

 

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