This silk scarf is produced from the original artwork of Margaret Kamara Ross from Ampilatwatja, the cultural heartland of the Alywarr nation, 4 hours north east of Alice Springs.
Margaret’s design depicts bush medicine plants. When the women go hunting they often gather bush medicine. This knowledge continues to be passed down to the younger generations and is widely used.
“These plants are found in rocky country, we look for a little purple plum and these we use to clean the kidneys and sometimes for flu. The yellow flowers are used for scabies, we boil these in water and wash. The pink flowers we use for when we have sore eyes, we mix the flowers with water and the colour changes to a light green.”
Painting bush medicine stories are important because it helps to maintain a strong knowledge and culture for the community.
© Artists of Ampilatwatja
Size: 180 x 65cm
Fabric: 100% Silk. Designed in Australia, digitally printed in Thailand