Fabric: printed linen/cotton (front) and unprinted cotton (back)
Color: the base cloth is pale grey, and the inks are blue and pink. The back of the cushion is black.
Please note that each cushion is unique and the placement of the design is different and wonderful on each item. The fabric was made into cushion covers by Mrs Pichreay our fair trade partner in Cambodia.
The designer: Eva Nganjmirra
Design: Mandem (Water Lilies) 2014
Women and girls in Gunbalanya used to go down to the billabong, wade into the water and gather mandem (water lily roots), manbardmo (water lily stems and owers) and barrdjungka (water lily seeds). Then they would go up the hill and gather firewood. They would cook the roots and seeds in the ashes or coals of the fire, share them around and eat them. We eat the seeds raw or cooked, but the stems are eaten raw.
Water Lilies (Nymphaea sp.) are found in bodies of water all through West Arnhem Land. The seed heads form when the flowers fall under the water, and are also food for magpie geese and whistling ducks. The seeds are ripe in Yekke, the cool season around May-June.
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: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/InjalakArts