An authentic Tiwi Aboriginal design created with recycled plastics
Tutuni is a new and unique Tiwi design in striking red and black. This signature style is deeply embedded in Tiwi artist, Tictac Moore.
The home of the Tiwi people consists of two main islands, Bathurst Island and Melville Island. They are located in the Timor Sea just north of Darwin. The Tiwi Islands are separated from the Australian mainland by the Apsley Strait. The Tiwi Islands has a rich culture where art plays a very important role.
The name for the design is 'Tutuni' which means spear in Tiwi. Tictac has replicated the spear in a photo of her Grandpa, Allie Miller Mungatopi to design this mat. Everything Tictac knows of her Grandpa has been passed down through stories, and most of the photos she holds of him have come from books. In one of those books, there is a photo of him standing holding a spear, painted up and dressed ready for a ceremony. It is this spear she has used for the design.
In the centre of the mat, you will also see Tictac's representation of the sun, which is her skin group. This symbol is iconic for her and features in most of her art.
Made with recycled plastic, this Tiwi Aboriginal design mat is waterproof, easy to clean and UV treated. It is a perfect way to celebrate diversity on outdoor gatherings and while camping. The closely woven weave creates a soft and comfortable surface to sit or lay on whilst on grass, sand, soil or concrete.
This intricate and geometric design is perfect for a teaching tool to open conversation about culture, family and community, and how we fit into this bigger picture.
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Name of Design
Origin of Design
Tiwi Aboriginal, 10% paid to artist
Origin of Artist
Fabric / Materials
Recycled plastic, comes in a recycled and reusable carry bag
These mats are reversible. Photos show both sides of the same mat. Mat colours may differ slightly from the images shown due to the different inks used in individual print runs. Designed in Australia, manufactured in China or India. NOTE that sizes are +/- 5% due to weaving techniques in manufacturing and may not to be 100% as stated
All our floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene. Follow our guide to mat maintenance for cleaning and storage instructions. Our floor mats and playmats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but extensive exposure to sun or rain will lead to fading and deterioration over time.
Not suitable for children under 3 years
- Relaxation mat outdoors
- Living or family room
- Outdoor patio and deck styling
- Kindy mat for games
- Indoor layouts in a preschool to designate areas
- Classroom mats
- Camping mats for outback adventures
- Caravan annex flooring
- Gift for overseas visitors
- Not designed for permanent, long term sun exposure as this may cause premature deterioration