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Desert Rain Large Aboriginal Art Silk Scarf

Sale price$174.95 AUD

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Presenting a traditional Aboriginal art design by one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed Warlpiri women artists, Bessie Nakamarra Sims, this beautifully handmade silk scarf exemplifies Mainie’s “Luxurious, Authentic, Unique” trademark.

  • 100% Silk Chiffon
  • Hand rolled hem
  • Digitally printed silk
  • 67.5cm wide by 180cm long or 26 inches wide by 70 inches long
  • Presented with information about the original artwork and Aboriginal Artist
  • Royalties are paid to the artist's family

 The Artwork Story

 Ngapa Jukurrpa (Desert Rain Dreaming)

Resplendent in the glorious, sun-drenched colours of the Australian Outback, Bessie Nakamarra Sims’ original artwork reflects the unique beauty of the desert homelands of her Warlpiri ancestors and the Dreaming stories, which have been handed down to her through many generations over tens of thousands of years.

The original painting depicts the Dreamtime Story of how smoke rising from a fire formed a large storm cloud.  A bird carried the storm cloud to the west where it fell to the ground as rain.  Ngapa means water in the Warlpiri language.

To learn more about Bessie Nakamarra Sims click here

Desert Rain Large Aboriginal Art Silk Scarf
Desert Rain Large Aboriginal Art Silk Scarf Sale price$174.95 AUD

Artist details

Bessie Nakamarra Sims

Bessie Nakamarra Sims was born in the bush in the 1930s and lived for many years before coming into contact with white people at Mt. Doreen Station, west of Yuendumu.

Bessie lived in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Bessie was the wife of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (deceased), a renowned artist both nationally and internationally, who painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu.

Bessie was one of the most valued members of the Warlukurlangu Artists Community. She painted consistently with Warlukurlangu Artists since the centre was first established in 1985 and exhibited both in Australia and internationally in group exhibitions.

Bessie painted her Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which related directly to her ancestral homelands.

“I like painting because it's my Dreaming, from my father and grandfather's side. I like to teach kids my Dreaming. I want everyone to know my Dreaming from all over the world. I know and they can know"

Bessie had seven children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bessie passed away in Yuendumu in May 2012 surrounded by her extended family. Some of her last words were:

"Japaljarri (my husband) is calling me, he is waiting for me".