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Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Who we are

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is the not-for-profit social enterprise of Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC), an Aboriginal governed and directed corporation.

NPYWC members created Tjanpi (meaning ‘grass’) to enable women on the NPY Lands to earn a regular income from selling their fibre art. Tjanpi weaving is now firmly embedded in contemporary Central and Western Desert culture, as a movement that celebrates life, creativity and country.

Tjanpi represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands.

Where we are

Tjanpi artists live and work in the 26 remote communities of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) lands. The NPY lands cover approximately 350,000 square kms across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia. Tjanpi employs two field officers to regularly travel to these communities and purchase artworks from the artists, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops and facilitate grass collecting trips. These trips also allow a number of other cultural maintenance activities to take place.


apy lands, Tjanpi Tree

Tjunkaya Tapaya with Punu Kutjara. Tjunkaya is a senior Tjanpi artist in Pukutja, SA. An expert sculptor and weaver, Tjunkaya proudly shows her Marlu (kangaroo)


Law and Culture Meeting at Ngurrapila, 2006

Ivy Laidlaw with Bush Dyed Raffia.



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