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Delia – Injalak – Dilly Bags (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 hand printed on country.

This Delia bag features a hand screen-printed fabric design based on an original artwork by First Nations artists Priscilla Badari, Lynne Nadjowh, Sylvia Badari and Katra Nganjmirra. working collaboratively. The ladies are members of Injalak Arts located in Gunbalanya, a remote community in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Free shipping in Australia

Availability: 1 in stock

Fabric: Feature fabric is hand printed in Australia on navy blue linen/cotton and the complementary navy blue 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 the community

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.

Featured Fabric: Kundjabarrk (Dilly Bags)

Kundjabarrk is a woven dilly bag which was used by daluk (women) to gather and carry bush foods in. They would gather Karrbarda (yams), mankinjdjek (cheeky yams) and other bushfoods such as bush honey. Gundjabarrk were also used to carry cooked meats such as kurdukadji (emu) and Kunj (Kangaroo). Women would secure their gundjabarrk with two sticks in the shallow running water of a creek and leave them there to wash the yams overnight, in the morning they would come and tip out the yams onto some paperbark and eat them for breakfast. Bininj (aboriginal men) would also use gundjabarrk to carry their tools such as Karramalk (stone axes) and lawk (stone blades) for cutting meat up with. Some wore them on their shoulders and some around their heads like the daluk. This design was based on real examples of woven dilly bags at Injalak Arts with all their variety of pattern and weaving techniques. The women have created a beautiful design that continues to express their connection with their cultural heritage through new mediums.

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.

Injalak Arts is a community owned non-profit social enterprise. Like the fabric? Browse Injalak Arts’ Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/InjalakArts

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