Rug Design: Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana
Dreamtime behind the Design: The design on this fabric depicts the ceremonies performed by Aboriginal Women. The large concentric circles represent the ceremonial sites. The small circles represent the bush melon fruit found in Central Australia. The painting also shows the bush melon seeds that are not eaten but discarded.
About the Artist: Betty Mbitjana is an experienced and well known artist from Utopia, Central Australia, whose works are sought after in Australia as well as in other countries. She has inherited Bush Melon Dreaming from her mother Late Minnie Pwerle, on of the greatest aboriginal artists of her time.
The bush melon is a sweet bush tucker which once grew in abundance at Utopia. As well as providing water, these melons are a good source of some essential vitamins and minerals. Betty’s mother and other aboriginal women would gather the fruit to be eaten at once, or to be stored for times when bush tucker was scarce.