Carla Purse – Mandjabu (Fish Traps) – Ladies


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

Fabric designed by Priscilla Badari, Sylvia Badari, Lynne Nadjowh and hand printed at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Free shipping in Australia

Availability: 2 in stock

Fabric: Linen/cotton feature base cloth and cotton lining.
Color: The base cloth color is denim and the ink is deep pink. The pink is not quite as vivid as it appears in the photo (it’s a bit more subtle).

  • 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 designers: Priscilla Badari, Sylvia Badari, Lynne Nadjowh

The design
Mandjabu (Fish Traps) were traditionally used throughout Western Arnhem Land to catch djenj (generic Kunwinjku word for fish). The large woven nets are made from strong vines, ere anchored in the river bed and used to trap fish with the changing tides. These traps were very large and could stretch metres in length. Traditionally men would weave these nets due to the size and heavy duty nature of the structure. It was on uncommon for two to three men to spend close to a month weaving large fish traps.
The design features artistic interpretations of the different stitches used to weave these large traps. Although these traps are no long regularly used for fishing, women still practice making them to continue the old traditions and maintain ancient weaving techniques. Examples can be found in museums often recreated from pandanus and sand palm.


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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