Book – Aboriginal Screen Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End


A ground breaking book celebrating First Nations textile design and printing in Australia. Superbly illustrated. Edited by Dr Joanna Barrkman, senior curator of Southeast Asian and Pacific Arts at the Fowler Museum at UCLA with detailed and informative essays.

Winner of the 2021 R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award, Textile Society of America
Given annually to a publication judged to be the best book in the field of ethnic textile studies.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 334
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press, 2021
  • Dimensions (cm): 31 x 23 x 3.5 and weight 2.14 kg

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Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End presents the work of contemporary Australian textile artists working at five Aboriginal-owned art centres in the Northern Territory: Tiwi Design, Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Injalak Arts and Crafts Aboriginal Corporation, Babbarra Women’s Centre, and Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language. This book traces the history of textile screen printing at these art centers, from its beginnings in the late 1960s to its recent emergence as a vibrant contemporary art form for Aboriginal expression. A profile of each art center is followed by representative artworks. Essays by eminent Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars, curators, and practitioners discuss the history, inspiration, and practical processes underlying these striking creations; the ways screen-printed textile designs express the artists’ cultures, identities, and connections to lands; and the art centers’ collaborations with fashion and interior designers.

Contributors are: Jilda Andrews, Priscilla Badari, Sylvia Badari, Joanna Barrkman, Diana Wood Conroy, Franchesca Cubillo, Michelle Culpitt, Ingrid Johanson, Louise Hamby, Will Heathcote, Raelene Kerinauia, Cathy Laudenbach, Grace Lillian Lee, Nadine Lee, Gabriel Maralngurra, Raylene Miller, Isaiah Nagurrgurrba, Hannah Raisin, Karin Riederer, Bobbie Ruben, Claire Summers, Bede Tungutalum, Phillip Wilson, Jude White, and Felicity Wright.


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