Art - Artists - Women
Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)
NecklacesArt - Crafts - JewelleryJewelrySeeds
acrylic, yinirnti (erythrina vespertilio) seeds and gum nuts
Creation place / original location
Yuendumu (South Central NT SF52-12)
Purchased from Warlukurlangu Artists at the AIATSIS art market, 2018.
This necklace was created by women artists from Yuendumu and Nyirrpi communities in the Northern Territory, represented by Warlukurlangu Artists, Yuendumu. These women are creating unique and striking pieces that display the continuation of culture and the adaption to environment. They attest to the desire within the community to maintain cultural practices while developing commercial enterprises that provide an economic base for the community.
The practice of seed collecting and making decorative wear for ceremony and everyday has been continuing for thousands of years. This practice has continually evolved with the access to new techniques and materials such as acrylic paint. This single strand necklace is made of Yinirnti (erythrina vespertilio) seeds and gum nuts painted in turquoise blue with yellow dots. Red-brown coloured Yinirnti seeds are alternated with the gum nuts, in pairs of the same colour. Seeds and pods are usually picked seasonally by women and children while searching for bush foods. They are then dried, pierced and then threaded onto cord.