Fabric: Linen (front) and unprinted cotton (back)
Color: the base cloth is a brown and the ink is a subtle colorwave of orange and pink. The back of the cushion is black.
Please note that each cushion is unique and the placement of the design/colors is different and wonderful on each item. The fabric was made into cushion covers by Mrs Pichreay our fair trade partner in Cambodia.
Artists: Merrill Girrabul, Priscilla Badari, Lynne Nadjowh, Audrey Nadjowh (dec)
Design: Manme was Injalak’s first women’s fabric design and was created in 1992 by four talented Kunwinjku women, one has since passed away. The original artwork got destroyed and was recreated during a workshop in 2014. The remaining women are all talented fibre artists and continue to create fabric designs reflecting their strong connection to country and culture.
Kunwinjku people refer to the bush as their “supermarket” containing everything from staple foods to snacks, medicines to raw materials. This design celebrates manme (plant foods). Bordering the design are two hairy tubers which are carbohydrate staples, karrbarda (‘long yam’, Dioscorea transversa) and mankinjdjek (‘cheeky yam’, Dioscorea bulbifera). Mankinjdjek must be leached before cooking in a loosely woven djerrh (dilly bag) in running water. Arnhem Land abounds in fruits especially in the “build-up” and early wet seasons. The round fruits shown here are mankurndalh (‘black plum’, Vitex glabrata) and mandak (‘milky plum’, Persoonia falcata). Many fruits are also used medicinally, including manngukmanj (cheesefruit tree, Morinda citrifolia), the large lumpy fruits in this design. The clover-like shape in this design is the open seed pod of mankarralarlhmanj (peanut tree, Sterculia quadrifida) filled with tasty and nourishing nuts.
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