The name ‘Mimi’ was given by the original founders of the centre and derives from the ‘Mimi’ or ‘Mimih’ spirits of Aboriginal culture.
Based in Katherine, Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft services the artists living in the township, as well as the surrounding 380,000 square kilometres that includes Lajamanu on the edge of the Tanami desert, the Kimberley and Arnhem art styles.
Mimi is 100% Aboriginal community owned and operated. With an emphasis on ethical buying and selling, 60% of all sales go back to the artists. Artists produce affordable fine art, beautiful woven objects and authentic artefacts.
Dorothy Bienanwangu – Arnhemland
Dorothy is a Dhuwa lady of the Ngalbulanj family. She is a superb weaver and experiments with her techniques. Weaving full-time, she makes regular trips into the river laden country of the Katherine region to collect the Pandanus fibres and colours from specific vegetation. She is passionate about passing her knowledge onto to the younger generations in her family, and her daughters and granddaughters regularly join her on her trips.
Dorothy’s weavings range in the vibrancy of colour, size, style and technique, and her work often incorporates various textures and patterns. All of her work utilises traditional techniques, and includes significant cultural stories. Her works are exhibited in many collections across the country and abroad. She is renowned for her Yawk Yawk (Mermaid), oversized baskets and her pulverised pandanus netting.