Carla Purse – Kuluban (Fruit Bats) – Selina Nadjowh


Lovely to carry and strong – our Carla purse is well-crafted, practical and durable. Plus it looks great in super hand printed fabric. She will keep your cards, coins and cash in order. We get many repeat customers for this one.

Features fabric designed by Selina Nadjowh and printed by local printers onsite at Injalak Arts, Gunbalanya, Northern Territory, Australia.

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Availability: 1 in stock

Fabric: Linen/cotton feature base cloth and cotton lining.
Color: The base cloth color is peacock blue and the ink is junior navy.

  • W: 20 cm (8 inches)
  • H: 10 cm (4 inches)
  • D: 2 cm (0.75 inches)


  • Magnetic clasp
  • 6 slip-in card pockets
  • Two full length pocket/compartments for notes
  • Zippered full length internal pocket
  • Limited edition – only 4 made
  • Can be washed gently by hand

The fabric was hand-printed by artisans at Injalak Arts in West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. This purse was made by Kravan House, our partner social enterprise that has been employing, training and supporting disabled artisans in Cambodia since 2003. It is one of Cambodia’s oldest social enterprises.

NB: Please note that each purse is unique and the placement of the fabric design is different and wonderful on each item.

The designer: Selina Nadjowh
Selina is a Kunwinjku woman and comes from a family of art makers. Her father, Timothy Nabegeyo, is a well known senior man and painter and her mother, Audrey Nadjowh, is a senior fibre artist. Selina and her sister Lynne are known to make a combination of bark paintings with a woven pandanus frame – an artform unique to this Gunbalanya region.

The Design: Kuluban (Fruit Bats)
In this fabric design the artist has painted a colony of kuluban (fruit bats) hanging from the branches of a tree at night. It is yekke (the dry sesason) and many flowers are in bloom. Kuluban feed on flowers and, in turn, pythons including Nawuran (Oenpelli pythons) feed on the bats. Kuluban are also a food source for the Indigenous people of Northern Australia although to Western tastes the flesh is very gamey and pungent. When particular varieties of blossom come into season the diet of the bat changes the degree of sweetness in the flesh of the bat itself. They are silent in flight but can be heard feeding at night in the trees and are raucous as they roost in the mornings. Kuluban is the generic word for fruit bats, also known as flying foxes because of their scent, but also specifically refers to the black flying fox (Pteropus alecto).

Injalak Arts is a non-profit, fully Aboriginal owned arts corporation located Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land in remote Australia. The 300 members make beautiful arts and crafts. Their print workshop is busy with new screenprinted fabrics being created daily. They have an extraordinary 47 different fabric designs all created by the members and use lots of different base cloths (all natural fibres) and two teams of printers – men and women. Injalak Arts is registered as a charity in Australia.
Visit the Injalak Arts Etsy shop to see an amazing range of fabrics and other high quality authentic hand-made products.


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