Better World Aboriginal Art Knitted Cotton Throw Rug - Seven Sisters
by Nelly Patterson
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Better World Aboriginal Art Knitted Cotton Throw Rug - Seven Sisters by Nelly Patterson
Size: 125cm x 150cm
Made from 100% cotton
designed in Australia and made in India
About the Artwork
Nelly has an intimate knowledge of the Seven Sisters Story–an epic Tjukurpa (creation) story in which a man, Wati Nyiru chases seven sisters across the whole of Australia.The sisters started in Whyalla. Wati Nyiru chased them down to Port Augusta and wouldn’t leave the sisters alone. He wanted to marry the big sister. The sisters left in the middle of the night to try and get away from him while he was sleeping. When Wati Nyiru woke, he wondered where the sisters had gone, but he soon was on their trail again, and found them near Canberra. The eldest sister was worried – she knew he was there again, watching the sisters while they camped. Nelly explains that Wati Nyiru was a ‘mad one,’ he knew they were scared, but he still followed them. Wati Nyiru got very close to the sisters. The eldest sister was secretly signalling to the sisters that he was nearby, so as to not let Wati Nyiru know she was aware he was there.The man, Wati Nyiru, was singing about how much he wanted the big sister. He did too much dancing, that man, and the sisters ran away. He loved all the girls.The girls kept running. This painting depicts some of the places where the sisters camped.
About the Artist
Nelly Patterson was born out in the bush in 1938. She grew up as a traditional Anangu girl near Pipalyatjara in the Anangu Pitjatjantjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, with no whitefellas or roads. The first white men she saw were the camel workers passing through. When Nelly was a little older, the missionaries came. She remembers coming into Ernabella and seeing people wearing clothes, and she was scared. Nelly moved to Areonga, near Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory, and lived there for a long time, nearly eighteen years. She did pottery there. She then lived in Jay Creek, where her grandfather is from. She travelled all over the country and had come back and forth to Adelaide to bring up her grandchildren. She now lives in Adelaide permanently. As a senior traditional woman, Nellie is a custodian of the stories and lore which has sustained her people throughout generations
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