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Frida Bag – Marebu (Pandanus Mats) (hand printed)

$125.00

The classic design was created during a women’s design workshop in 2013 and has gone on to become a favourite. Elegant yet strong and generously sized, this tote-style bag with classic lines showcases the Aboriginal designed and hand-printed feature fabric beautifully. You will love the quality!

Fabric designed by Priscilla Badari, Katra Nganjmirra, Sylvia Badari and hand printed at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia

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Availability: 1 in stock

Details:
h: 35 cm (14 inch)
w: 40 cm (16 inch)
d: 11 cm (4.5 inch)

Fabric and color: the base cloth of the printed fabric is ‘Indigo’ linen/cotton and the print is pale purple and white. The matching fabric is navy blue. Lining color as shown.

Features:

  • Zip closure
  • Fully lined
  • Internal pockets (one with zip)
  • Can hold itself upright
  • Handles securely attached
  • Can hold a 13 inch laptop and A4 files easily
  • Gusset at the base
  • Limited Edition (only 2 made)
  • Fabric design story supplied with each bag
  • Fabric hand printed in Australia
  • Made by A.N.D. Fair Trade Cambodia

How was it made?
The fabric was hand-printed by Aboriginal printers in the remote community Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) then beautifully crafted by our fair trade partners in Cambodia.
Note: The placement and color variation of the fabric design is unique and special on every bag
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The designers:
Injalak Women: Priscilla Badari, Katra Nganjmirra, Sylvia Badari
This design was created by three talented Kunwinjku daluk (women) who are also accomplished fibre artists. They participated in a series of fabric design and printing workshops in 2013-16. The result was a suite of stunning collaborative designs inspired by their natural environment and cultural heritage.
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The design: Marebu (woven Pandanus mats) 2015
Marebu were traditionally valuable items made by women. They were made in a variety of shapes and had many uses including: being worn, used as surfaces for food preparation and used during ceremonies. Children could sleep on them or be rolled up in them and carried, especially during yekke (the cold season in June/July). Priscilla Badari explains that people were originally inspired to make round mats by the shape of the moon. This design was based on real examples of woven Pandanus spiralus marebu at Injalak Arts with all their variety of pattern and weaving techniques. It is a vibrant design that expresses the women’s love for their cultural heritage and their desire to extend it to new media.

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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.
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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

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