Papulankutja Artists has collaborated with Alperstein Designs on lifestyle products since 2020 and we are excited to bring you this exclusive release of our new line of linen dresses 100% made in Australia. The dresses are perfect for spring/summer, light and an A-line fit for you to dress up or down for your personal style. The artworks featured are by Nora Nyutjanka Davidson, ‘Multju’ and Elaine Warnatjura Lane, ‘Wati Kutjara’.
‘Wati Kutjara’ by Elaine;
This is the story of two powerful magicians who came to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands from far away to the west;
‘These two men are always together, always camping together. They do all sorts of tricks when they travel across the lands as they stop from place to place. When they reached ‘Wirtapi Wara’ (Long Black or Blackstone Range) they argued about which way to go around. One went around the south side and the other the north side.
At a distance it seemed they didn’t recognise each other or perhaps they were just pretending not to recognise each other! It is also said that at Papulankutja they tricked each other by changing their appearance at the same time so they had no chance to recognise each other. The name Papulankutja comes from the Ngaanyatjarra word meaning, ‘to stare without recognising each other’.
Remember to tag us on Instagram @papulankutjaartists wearing your Nora or Elaine dress and other Alperstein collaboration designs!
The artwork is digitally printed onto the fabric prior to the dress being cut. Keeping this in mind, the placement of the artwork on the dresses does vary. You will have a Nora or Elaine dress that is unique! The size range is 8-14 keeping in mind that it is a loose fit garment.