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Batik tjanting used to draw designs in wax on cloth during Ernabella batik making process

2007.0088.0040.0002

Batik tjanting used to draw designs in wax on cloth during Ernabella batik making process

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Physical description

A batik drawing tool known as a tjanting, with a fine needle at the working end, and a silver metal reservoir on top of a unvarnished wooden handle. The whole object is lightly coated in globular yellow brown wax. The name 'DAISY' is written along most of the length of the handle with a red felt pen. The Indonesian maker's name and address are printed on the side of the handle in blue ink, but the details are only partially readable.

Statement of significance

The Ernabella Collection No. 7 consists of a wide variety of material dating from the early 1990s to early 2005. The collection includes baskets, seed body ornaments, paintings on silk and canvas, some prints, batiks and an important group of ceramics that were produced between 1997 and 2005.

These objects represent the continuing dynamism of cultural practices at Ernabella, and the manner in which the communities at Ernabella have responded to change in the region. They attest to the desire within the community to maintain cultural practices while developing commercial enterprises that provide an economic base for the community. The collection demonstrates the Ernabella community's continuing expression of cultural heritage through the production of new forms and provides direct links to earlier cultural practices and iconography.

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