Carla Purse – Merlemerle (Butterflies) – Serena Ashley


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 at Injalak Arts, NT, Australia.

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Fabric: Cotton drill feature base cloth and cotton lining.
Color: The base cloth color is grey and the inks are caramel, blue and green.

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


  • Magnetic clasp
  • 6 slip-in card pockets
  • 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.

Artists/designers: Serena Ashley & Virgil Nalorlman

Design: Merlemerle (Butterflies) 2017
Merlemerle is the Kunwinjku generic name for butterfly. Butterflies of many different varieties inhabit stone country, floodplains and bushland of West Arnhem Land.
Butterflies can be seen everywhere, fluttering away in fright into trees when people come close. Kunwinjku people believe that merlemerle act as messengers of good news. When a butterfly comes and flies around you it tells you that family are coming to visit.
Alongside using modern forms of communication such as mobile phones and internet, Bininj (Aboriginal people) still listen to messages of the butterflies and look forward to a visit from loved ones if a butterfly has been hovering around.
The design also features flowers and vines where merlemerle can often be found when not delivering messages of good news.

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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