M & S Textiles Australia
ALPARA SEED YELLOW by Aboriginal Artist Rosie Bird
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1 x FQ (Fat Quarter) 50cm x 55cm (19.7” x 22”)
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1 x Metre 100cm x 110cm (39.37 x 44")
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TO PURCHASE CONTINUOUS LENGTHS BY FQ OR 25cm UNIT:
2 units = ½ metre 50cm x 110cm (19.7” x 44”)
3 units = ¾ metre 75cm x 110cm (29.5” x 44")
4 units = 1 metre 100cm x 110cm (39.37” x 44”)
1 metre = 100cm or 39.37"
1 yard = 36 inches or 91.4 centimetres
1 Foot = 12 inches or 30.48 centimetres
(to simplify…1 metre is approx. 3 inches longer than a yard)
FABRIC: 100% Cotton (quilting, apparel, craft)
MANUFACTURER: M & S Textiles Australia
AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ARTIST: Rosie is the second daughter of Lindsay Bird Mpetyane and Mavis Bird Petyarre. Lindsay is senior leader of Ilkawerne country, teacher of the Dreamtime stories and well known Utopia artist. Rosie has been painting since 1989, learning from her father, aunts and uncles. She lives amongst a large community of painters.
THE DESIGN: Alpar is the Anmatyerre word for the rat-tail goosefoot or green crumbweed plant (Dysphania kalpari). This small, erect herb is sticky to touch and scented heavily of citrus. Growing especially well in Mulga tree communities, it is found in abundance in southern Utopia, north east of Alice Springs. It produces small clustered flowers that form long spikes, resembling that of a rat tail, as well as small black shiny seeds. These seeds are high in protein and low in fibre. Due to the sticky nature of this plant, the seeds are not shed as soon as they mature, making them available much later in the season than most other plants.
In the olden days, the women of Ilkawerne country would collect these seeds, sometimes soak them in water until swollen or cooked in hot coals, and then grind them into a powder that was used for making damper (bread). This practice is not as habitual now due to ready-made bread, however the story is continually taught to the younger ones and ceremonies are carried out to ensure its productivity.
The scented leaves of alpar were also collected, soaked in water and used as a medicinal wash. Alternatively they would be ground into a powder and mixed with animal fats for use as an ointment, making this plant a very important food and medicinal source.
Traditional Australian Aboriginal art goes back more than 50,000 years.
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