Babbarra Designs Fabric Cotton - Spiral Wind
Screen printed fabric from the talented artists at Babbarra designs, Maningrida, NT. Design by: Janet Marawarr on 100% Cotton. L: 2m x 1.5m
Janet is a talented linocut and screenprint designer. She regards textile design as an opportunity to work with colour and and new methods to express her djang(ancestral creator stories).
As well as her artistic work with Bábbarra Women’s Centre, she is an established bark painter with Maningrida Arts & Crafts, and she works for the Maningrida Night Patrol, a community safety service.
LANGUAGES: Kuninjku, Kune
ANCESTOR SPIRITS: Mandjurlukkurn (Wild black berries), Dadbe (King brown snake)
DATE OF BIRTH: 1962
Gungura (Spiral Wind)
Janet Marawarr has depicted gungura, the spiralling wind associated with several sites in the Kardbam clan. On one level, this design can be interpreted as a depiction of the kinds of mini-cyclones common during the wet season in Arnhem Land, where the artist lives. Gungura also relates specifically to a site called Bilwoyinj, near Mankorlod, on the artist’s clan estate.
At this site, two of the most important Kuninjku creation beings, a father and son known as na-korrkko, are believed to have hunted and eaten a goanna. They left some of the goanna fat behind at the site, which turned into the rock that still stands there today. The word Bilwoyinj, which is the name of this site, also refers to the fat of the goanna. Bilwoyinj site is also a ceremonial ground for a ceremony called Yabbaduruwa, a major ceremony owned by the Yirridja patrimoiety. The Yabbaduruwa ceremony is primarily concerned with initiation, land ownership and promoting the cyclical regeneration of the human and natural worlds.