Chris Bag – Kuluban (Fruit Bat) – Selina Nadjowh


“Just the right size for a go-anywhere day bag, with room for wallet, sunglasses, phone, keys – it can even fit an iPad and drink bottle!” Zarina  

Practical, easy to use and strong. The Chris bag is a versatile unisex messenger bag with external pockets (in feature fabric) to keep you organised. Adjustable shoulder strap so can be worn on the shoulder or across body. A flap secures all your valuables. Also has a handy deep zippered pocket on the reverse side.

Fabric designed by Selina Nadjowh and hand printed at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in Western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia

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Availability: 1 in stock

Fabric: Linen feature fabric is denim with the design printed in a colorwave of blue and green. The lining is cotton fabric.

The fabric was hand-printed in Australia then beautifully crafted by our fair trade partners in Cambodia.

  • H: 27 cm (10.5 inches)
  • W: 21 (8.5 inches)
  • D: 6 cm (gusset)  (2.5 inches)


  • Magnetic clasp on front
  • Handy pockets under flap in feature fabric including with velcro fastening
  • Fully lined
  • Adjustable strap
  • Internal zip pocket
  • Discreet external zip pocket on rear
  • Limited edition (only 4 were made from this fabric)
  • Design story supplied with every purchase (see photo)
  • Can be gently hand washed.

Please note that each bag is unique and the placement of the fabric design is different and wonderful on each item.

Fair Trade: #whomadeyourbag – Mr Run Cheak and his wife make the small and large messenger bags. They have been working for social enterprise Kravan House for more than 15 years. Mr Run Cheak was a farmer who stepped on a landmine in 1993. At Kravan House he retrained as an artisan which has given him good steady income and he has become a master craftsman.

Care Instructions: Dry cleaning recommended. Some of our customers wash their bags by hand or on a gentle machine cycle.

The designer: Selina Nadjowh
Selina comes from a family of art makers. Her father, Timothy Nabegeyo, is a well known senior man and painter and her mother, Audrey Nadjowh, is a senior fibre artist. Selina and her sister Lynne are known to make a combination of bark paintings with a woven pandanus frame – an artform unique to this Gunbalanya region.

The Design:
In this fabric design the artist has painted a colony of kuluban (fruit bats) hanging from the branches of a tree at night. It is yekke (the dry sesason) and many flowers are in bloom. Kuluban feed on flowers and, in turn, pythons including Nawuran (Oenpelli pythons) feed on the bats. Kuluban are also a food source for the Indigenous people of Northern Australia although to Western tastes the flesh is very gamey and pungent. When particular varieties of blossom come into season the diet of the bat changes the degree of sweetness in the flesh of the bat itself. They are silent in flight but can be heard feeding at night in the trees and are raucous as they roost in the mornings. Kuluban is the generic word for fruit bats, also known as flying foxes because of their scent, but also specifically refers to the black flying fox (Pteropus alecto).

Fabric: If you love this fabric, lengths of hand printed fabric can be purchased direct from Injalak Arts’ online shop.


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