Munatji Brumby is an experienced Tjanpi artist who consistantly produces high quality baskets and sculptures. With an eye for detail, her baskets often feature bold designs, finished with an emu feather trim. Her sculptures, usually colourful depictions of the waterbirds which inhabit the waterholes around her desert home, are wonderful expressions of the artist’s energy and character.
Munatji has been weaving baskets since 2006, and making sculptures since 2010. Her baskets recognisable by their strong thick coilwork and lovely sense of colour.
Tjanpi (meaning ‘dry grass’) evolved from a series of basket weaving workshops held on remote communities in the Western Desert by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council in 1995. Building on traditions of using fibre for medicinal, ceremonial and daily purposes, women took easily to making coiled baskets. These new-found skills were shared with relations on neighbouring communities and weaving quickly spread. Today there are over 400 women across 28 communities making baskets and sculptures out of grass and working with fibre in this way is firmly embedded in Western and Central Desert culture. While out collecting desert grasses for their fibre art women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country. Tjanpi Desert Weavers is Aboriginal owned and is governed by Aboriginal directors. It is an arts business but also a social enterprise that provides numerous social and cultural benefits and services to weavers and their families. Tjanpi’s philosophy is to keep culture strong, maintain links with country and provide meaningful employment to the keepers and teachers of the desert weaving business.