Fabric: printed linen (front) and unprinted cotton (back)
Color: the base cloth is white and the inks are a mix of blue and green (bottom screen) and black (top screen). The back of the cushion is black.
Purchasing items made from hand-printed fabric supports Aboriginal artists (who get a royalty) and also creates a livelihood for the printers and sewers.
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.
Fabric Designers: Sylvia Badari, Priscilla Badari, Lynne Nadjowh
The design: Melebiga (Different Textures) 2016
This design celebrates the techniques and skill that go into producing Kunwinjku fibre art. It’s a study of various textures and methods used by weavers such as twining, looping, knotting and coiling and also shows feathers. Melebiga design is based on real examples of patterns and weaving techniques used by Kunwinjku daluk (women) to make a range of items including dilly bags, string bags, baskets and sculptures. Many techniques used are ancient and were used to create objects depicted in rock art. During and since Anglican Mission times (1925 – 1975) Kunwinjku women have been expanding and experimenting with weaving techniques to create both functional objects and diverse, expressive art forms. Melebiga design expresses the women’s passion for their cultural heritage and their desire to extend it to new media.
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