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  • Title: Kulama
  • Artist: Timothy Cook
  • Region: Tiwi Islands
  • Art Centre: Jilamara Arts and Crafts
  • Medium: Silkscreen on red hanky linen
  • Collection: Jilamara Arts and Crafts
  • Dimensions: 135cm wide
  • Price ($AUD): $140 per metre

Artwork Story

The Kulama Ceremony is performed in the late wet season (March-April) when a ring appears around the moon. Kulama is a traditional initiation for young men which coincides with the harvest of a certain wild yam species. Elders of both sexes sing and dance for three days welcoming the boys into adulthood. The boy is then renamed with his true man’s name.


These textiles are hand screen printed on hanky linen by a team of four printers, in the Nancy Henry Ripijingimpi screen-printing studio at Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands. Each meterage is unique and will most likely have one or two bush touches (a little Milikapiti earth, a smudge of ochre etc). These imperfections remind you of where and how these textiles were made.

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