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Introducing the Warlu Indigenous Print scrub top

Introducing the Warlu Indigenous Print scrub top

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At NNT Uniforms we are celebrating artwork produced by our local indigenous artists and giving back to the local community. We are proud to have teamed up with Indigenous artist Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson to launch our first scrub top featuring a First Nations artwork. 

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The partnership, the first of its kind for NNT Uniforms, aims to celebrate local indigenous artists and give back to the local community. Proceeds from the sale of the scrub top will go directly to the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation and the artist

Authenticated by Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, the limited-edition scrub top features Theo’s ‘Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming)’ artwork and tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and wife.

Celebrating the artist

Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson was born in 1989 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community located 440 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia where her parents lived.

Theo began painting with the Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu in 2002, when she was 13 years of age. “I would watch my Grandmother paint and listen to her stories”. She began to paint in earnest with the art centre in 2006.

Warlukurlangu makes regular visits to Nyirripi to drop off canvas, paint and brushes for the artists and to collect finished artwork. Theo paints her mother’s Jukurrpa (Dreamings) and her father’s Jukurrpa, such as Yuparli Jukurrpa (Bush Banana Dreaming) from her mother’s side and Pikilyi Jukuurpa(Vaughan Springs Dreaming) from her father’s side. These Dreamings have been passed down through the millennia. Theo uses an unrestricted palette and loves to create patterns that depict a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.

The story behind the artwork

Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and wife.

The woman ‘rainbow serpent’ was of the Napanangka skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship contrary to Warlpiri religious law. Women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by the two serpents, picking lice off them.

For this service, the two serpents allowed the women to take water from the springs at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the ‘kirda’, or ceremonial owners, for that country. The spirits of these two rainbow serpents are still at Pikilyi today. This Dreamings belongs to the women and men of the Japanangka/Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi skin groups.

Authenticated by: Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation

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