Tjanpi Basket - Tessie Lewis


Tessie is a young, up-and-coming weaver from Amata SA. Currently living close to Mutijulu, Tessie learnt to weave from her grandmother Rene Nelson and great aunt Yvonne Lewis, both senior Tjanpi artists.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, working with women in the remote Central and Western desert regions who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. Tjanpi (meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language) represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands.

Tjanpi artists use native grasses to make spectacular contemporary fibre art, weaving beautiful baskets and sculptures and displaying endless creativity and inventiveness. Originally developing from the traditional practice of making manguri rings, working with fibre in this way has become a fundamental part of Central and Western desert culture.

  • Material: Raffia
  • Diameter: 22cm
  • Height: 10cm