Charlotte – Bottles (hand printed)


Charlotte bags are beautifully made with firm construction. They hold their shape and can stand on their base. They are versatile, big enough to carry everything you need yet slim and with two external zip pockets to make it it easy to find your phone, keys and cards. A great everyday bag or for special occasions.

The feature fabric is designed by Yolngu artist Robyn Djunginy (dec) and produced under license by Bula’bula Arts, an Aboriginal owned art centre in Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land, NT.

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Availability: 1 in stock

Feature fabric is printed on cotton canvas.

H: 23 cm (9 inches)
L: 28 cm (11 inches)


Fully lined
Zip closure
Adjustable strap that’s also detachable
Can be worn on the shoulder or cross body
Two front, external zipper pockets
Two internal pockets
Quality notions
Each Charlotte Bag is handmade with love and care by the staff of Women for Women Foundation, so please note that every bag is unique, and the placement of the fabric design may be different on each item.

Featured Fabric Design: Bottles

Djunginy was born in 1947 to father, acclaimed artist, Ngulmarmar and sister to artists George Milpurrurru and Charlie Djurritjni. Djunginy is renowned for her contribution to Contemporary Indigenous Art, being one of the first Ramingining women to showcase her weaving skills on a global scale.

Djunginy was best known for her pandanus dyed and woven bottles and painted bottle form which has been the predominate motif throughout Djunginy’s work. The inspiration for this motif arose while living at Mulgurrum outstation, where several Italian Chianti bottles existed in the community. Encouraged to weave these bottles by then art curator of Bula’Bula Arts Djon Mundine, Djuniny’s bottles were soon acquired by many public institutions and private collections.
The bottle motif is also in reference to Djunginy’s mother’s group the Marrangu Djinang, where the bottles, shaped like beehives, represent the honey story in Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land. In contrast, the woven bottle motif is also representative to the use and misuse of alcohol in all communities, remote and urban.
Djunginy’s bottle motif is also depicted in painted form, however, the painted bottles were representations of the swampland in Ramingining, with the bottles referencing bark canoes gliding through the swamp water, and painted in traditional rarrk design.
Djunginy’s first exhibition was held in 1983 at the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne. Successfully awing the audience with the detail and colour of the woven bottles, her bottles were then featured in the 1998 Sydney Biennale, showcasing Indigenous weaving as Contemporary Art.
Djunginy won the National NAIDOC 2011 Artist of the Year Award. Djunginy was commissioned for the 2013 Exhibition String Theory: Focus on Contemporary Art, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW for her woven bottles. The show received rave reviews from the public and critics alike.
Djunginy experienced great success both nationally and internationally. With over 30 group exhibitions, and work in numerous public and private collections, Djunginy’s artworks remain highly collectible.

Back Story of this beautiful bag made by Flying Fox Fabrics

Songlines is the exclusive stockist of Flying Fox Fabrics products.

Flying Fox Fabrics is a social enterprise based in Darwin. Flying Fox Fabrics specialises in ethically value-adding to fabric which is designed by First Nations people by making accessories, clothing, and homewares. Flying Fox Fabrics products are made in partnership with fair trade organisations in Cambodia that train and employ disables artisans. Their work is highly skilled and showcases the First Nations fabrics with great respect.

Our Charlotte bags are made by Women for Women based in Cambodia. Women for Women prides itself in providing opportunities and skills that empower Cambodian women and girls to be leaders in their community. Each Charlotte Bag is handmade with love and care by the women of Women for Women, so please note that every bag is unique, and the placement of the fabric design is different on each item.


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