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Delia – Injalak – Mermaid (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 Gabriella Maralngurra from 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 Gunbalanya, NT on navy 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 provided
  • Fabric hand printed on country

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: Ngalkunburriyaymi (Mermaid Creation Ancestor)

The designer: Gabriella Maralngurra
Ngalkunburriyaymi or Yawkyawk is the Kunwinjku name for female water spirits with fish-like tails, who act as the guardians of sacred waterholes and Djang (Dreaming) sites.This design depicts a billabong brimming with animal and plant life. The central figure of Ngalkunburriyaymi swims alongside namarnkol (barramundi), which is regarded as belonging to her. She is surrounded by ngalmangiyi (turtles), kordbolbok (frogs), kedjebe (file snake), namardaka (eel-tailed cat fish), karlerrh (longtom), wakih (freshwater shrimp) and mandem (waterlilies) of all different kinds. Ngalkunburriyaymi start out in tadpole-like form, also shown in this design.
The fluid outlines of the design suggest the underwater setting complementing the infill of straight parallel rarrk (hatching) in the ancient rock art style.
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Gabriella is a member of Injalak Arts. 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

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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