Mina Mina Silk Shawl
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Wrap yourself in style with our luxurious silk shawls. There are endless possibilities to style this accessory; whether draped around the elbows and worn with an evening dress on a date, or draped like a bolero and worn with a summer dress to the beachside. Available in a gorgeous array of Indigenous designs, these shawls are sure to add vibrant colour and life to your wardrobe.
Style: Silk Shawl
Fabric: 100% Silk Chiffon
Sizing: One size fits all
Dimensions: 110cm x 200cm
Washing: Gently wash in cold water with mild silk-friendly detergent. Rinse in cold water. Ball together to remove excess water. Lay flat on a towel and roll up to absorb lingering moisture. Lay flat to dry in shade.
Artist: Pauline Napangardi Gallagher
Story: Mina Mina
This ‘Jukurrpa” (Dreaming) comes from Mina Mina, a very important women’s Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay and the WA boarder. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this Dreaming are Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men; the are is sacred to Napangardi and Napanangka women. There are a number of ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and a ‘maluri’ (clay pan) at Mina Mina.
In the Dreamtime, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) rose up out of the ground. The women collected the digging sticks and then travelled on the east, dancing, digging for bush tucker, collecting ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine [ Tinospora smilacina]), and creating many places as they went. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a rope like creeper that grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak [Allocasuarina decaisneana])/ It is used as a ceremonial wrap and as a strap to carry ‘parraja’ (coolamons) and ‘ngam’ (water carriers). ‘Ngalyipi’ is also used to tie around the forehead to cure headaches, and to blind cuts.
The women stopped at Karntakurlangu, Janyinki, Parapurnta, Kimayi, and Munyuparntiparnti, sites spanning from the west to the east of Yundumu. When they stopped, the women dug for bush foods like ‘jintiparnts’ (desert truffle [Elderia arenivaga]). The Dreaming track eventually took them far beyond Warlpiri country. The track passed through Coniston in Anmatyerre country to the east, and then went on to Alcoota and Aileron far to the northeast of Yuendumu and eventually on into Queensland.
In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, sinuous lines are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine). Concentric circles are often used to represent the ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).
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I bought the shawl and the matching top. The pattern and colours are accurate on the website. Definitely buying another shawl - but so many great ones to choose from.
Original Artwork by:
Yuendumu and Nyirripi