Carla Purse – Manme (Bush Foods) – Ladies Collaboration

$55.00

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.

Fabric designed by Merrill Girrabul, Priscilla Badari, Lynne Nadjowh, Audrey Nadjowh (dec) and hand printed at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia

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Fabric: Cotton drill feature base cloth and cotton lining.
Color: The base cloth color is fuchsia pink and the ink is a colorwave of orange and yellow. Nominate which you prefer to be the dominant colour in the selection (orange or yello). It’s a gorgeous purse if you love color – our photography doesn’t do it justice (sorry!)

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

Features:

  • Magnetic clasp
  • 6 slip-in card pockets
  • Two full length pocket/compartments for notes
  • Zippered full length internal pocket
  • Fabric hand printed in Australia
  • Fabric design story supplied with each purse
  • 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.

Artists: Merrill Girrabul, Priscilla Badari, Lynne Nadjowh, Audrey Nadjowh (dec)

Manme (bush foods) was Injalak’s first women’s fabric design and was created in 1992 by four talented Kunwinjku women, one has since passed away. The original artwork got destroyed and was recreated during a workshop in 2013. The remaining women are all talented fibre artists and continue to create fabric designs reflecting their strong connection to country and culture.

Kunwinjku people refer to the bush as their “supermarket” containing everything from staple foods to snacks, medicines to raw materials. This design celebrates manme (plant foods). Bordering the design are two hairy tubers which are carbohydrate staples, karrbarda (‘long yam’, Dioscorea transversa) and mankinjdjek (‘cheeky yam’, Dioscorea bulbifera). Mankinjdjek must be leached before cooking in a loosely woven djerrh (dilly bag) in running water. Arnhem Land abounds in fruits especially in the “build-up” and early wet seasons. The round fruits shown here are mankurndalh (‘black plum’, Vitex glabrata) and mandak (‘milky plum’, Persoonia falcata). Many fruits are also used medicinally, including manngukmanj (cheesefruit tree, Morinda citrifolia), the large lumpy fruits in this design. The clover-like shape in this design is the open seed pod of mankarralarlhmanj (peanut tree, Sterculia quadrifida) filled with tasty and nourishing nuts.

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.

Color

Orange, Yellow

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