The designs in this painting represent Awelye (women’s ceremony and body paint designs). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs of the women preparing for women's ceremony.
Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays) and ash are used as body paint. The women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’.
Women perform awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.