Design: Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana
About the Artist: Betty's Awelye paintings depict the designs that the women would paint on their bodies, and the dancing tracks which are made in the sand during women's awelye ceremony. Through their awelye ceremonies, women pay homage to their ancestors, show respect for their country and dance out their collective maternal role within their community
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.M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks.
Its tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting etc. It is amazing that many of the artists do not have any formal education or training.