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Delia – Babbarra – Crow (hand printed)

$110.00

Delia bags have a sleek form and adjustable strap making them a very practical and stylish bag. Delias are one of our customers’ top picks! Fabric printed in Australia.

This Delia bag features a hand screen-printed fabric design based on an original artwork by First Nations artist Deborah Wurrkidj from Babbarra Designs in Maningrida, a remote community in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

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Availability: 1 in stock

Fabric: Feature fabric is printed in Australia on linen/cotton and the complementary black fabric is hand woven cotton.

H: 27cm (12.6 inch)
W: 24cm (9.5 inch)
Base: 6cm (2.4 inch)

Features

  • Fully lined
  • Zip closure
  • Adjustable strap, can be worn on the shoulder or cross body
  • Two front, external zipper pockets
  • Internal zip pocket
  • Two internal pockets
  • Quality notions
  • Limited edition – made in small batches in a disability workshop
  • Design story tag provided
  • Fabric hand printed in Sydney by Publisher Textiles

Our Delia bags are made by Women for Women, our partner foundation 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 Delia 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.

Fabric Designer: Deborah Wurrkidj

  • Born: 1968
  • Language: Kuninjku
  • Design story: Wak Wak (Crow)
  • Art centre: Babbarra Designs, Maningrida, Northern Territory

This painting/design depicts a sacred site at ‘Kurrurldul’, an outstation south of Maningrida.

The ‘rarrk’, or abstract crosshatching, on this work represents the design for the crow totem ancestor called ‘Djimarr’. Today this being exists in the form of a rock, which is permanently submerged at the bottom of Kurrurldul Creek. The ‘Djimarr’ rock in the stream at Kurrurldul is said to move around and call out in a soft hooting tone at night. Both the stone itself and the area around it are considered sacred.

The imagery represents the rock mentioned above at the bottom of Kurrurldul creek, which is the final transmutation of the dreaming ancestor ‘Djimarr’. Finally, the pattern used here is also the crow design used in the sacred ‘Mardayin’ ceremony, which is a large regional patri-moiety ceremony now rarely conducted in central and eastern Arnhem Land.

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.

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