Carla Purse – Marebu (Pandanus Mats)


The classic fabric design was created during a women’s design workshop in 2013 and has gone on to become a favourite.

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

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

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Availability: 1 in stock

Fabric: Linen base cloth and cotton lining.
Color: The base cloth color is chops (a mushroom brown) and the ink is turquoise green and white

  • 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
  • Fabric hand printed in Australia
  • Fabric design story supplied with each purse
  • Limited edition
  • 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:
Injalak Women: Priscilla Badari, Katra Nganjmirra, Sylvia Badari
This design was created by three talented Kunwinjku daluk (women) who are also accomplished fibre artists. They participated in a series of fabric design and printing workshops in 2013-16. The result was a suite of stunning collaborative designs inspired by their natural environment and cultural heritage.
The design: Marebu (woven Pandanus mats) 2015
Marebu were traditionally valuable items made by women. They were made in a variety of shapes and had many uses including: being worn, used as surfaces for food preparation and used during ceremonies. Children could sleep on them or be rolled up in them and carried, especially during yekke (the cold season in June/July). Priscilla Badari explains that people were originally inspired to make round mats by the shape of the moon. This design was based on real examples of woven Pandanus spiralus marebu at Injalak Arts with all their variety of pattern and weaving techniques. It is a vibrant design that expresses the women’s love for their cultural heritage and their desire to extend it to new media.

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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