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An image of Tjanpi Truckpa by Niningka Lewis
Alternate image of Tjanpi Truckpa by Niningka Lewis Alternate image of Tjanpi Truckpa by Niningka Lewis

Niningka Lewis

(Australia circa 1946 – )

Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region
Tjanpi Truckpa
Media categories
Weaving, Sculpture
Materials used
wire, minarri (greybeard grass Amphipogon caricinus)

20.0 x 18.5 x 38.0 cm

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2008
Accession number
© Niningka Lewis. NPY Women's Council
Not on display
Further information

Before we made the tjanpi [baskets] with wool. I went to Adelaide and I found this raffia in a shop. I saw all the other colours there but I only had money for the plain one. I brought it back and made a basket and all the women saw it. It was a new idea; they all asked, 'Where did you get it?' And then the Women’s Council rang up and found out about it and brought it to Alice Springs. -- Niningka Lewis

Bibliography (3)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2008-09, 'Collections: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art', pg. 22-25, Sydney, 2009, 24, 25 (colour illus.).

Jennifer Mitchell, Tjanpi desert weavers, South Yarra, 2011, 60 (colour illus.) 141.

Penny Watson (Compilator), Tjanpi desert weavers, ‘Eminently collectable: Tjanpi works in public collections’, pg. 295-308, South Yarra, 2012, 303 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

18th Annual Desert Mob Exhibition (2008), Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, 28 Sep 2008–09 Nov 2008