Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Many women from Central Australian choirs went to Germany for the Desert Song Boomerang Tour in June 2015. Choir members were from Titjikala, Ntaria, Areyonga, Mutitjulu, Docker River, Amata and also Mission Block in Alice Springs.

Titjikala Arts Centre made the clothes for the choirs. Charlie Tako, Waltja’s Family Mental Health field worker knew how to make traditional clothes from his home country South Sudan in Africa and helped the women to design the costumes.

The design that Titjikala women chose was a simple loose free style. They were inspired by the bright beautiful costumes of the Soweto choir who visited Alice Springs in 2011 and 2014.

Norah Campbell, Cora Meruntju, Janie Wells, Sandra Summerfield, Renie Douglas, Margaret Campbell, and Patricia Boko all worked on the costumes, with Jane Easton the Art Centre Coordinator. They made the batik batik dye patterns on the fabric and sewed up the costumes at the Titjikala Arts Centre.

Titjikala women made 40 dresses for the Germany tour, and then they made another 20 costumes for a big concert in Alice Springs in September. Everyone loved the work and the dresses were wonderful. Choir ladies said Thank You to the Titjikala ladies for making them look so beautiful.

Waltja donated painted diary covers to hold the choir song books.

Congratulations to everyone from Tapatjatjaka Arts at Titjikala who worked so hard to make the beautiful costumes and to support the choir ladies.