Frida Bag – Mayhmayh (Different Birds) – Joe Guymala

$99.00

Carry a world of birds and critters with you with this wonderfully quirky design. 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: Joe Guymala and hand printed at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia

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Availability: 2 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 red drill and the print ink is blue and white. The matching fabric is blue. The lining color is 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 designer: Joe Guymala
Joe lives between Gunbalanya and his homeland Manmoyi. He frequently paints birds and creatures he sees in everyday life as well as his ancestral creation stories.
Whilst a gifted artist with an unique style, Joe has also toured nationally as a musician with Nabarlek Band and Mimih Band. He used his knowledge of country and traditional stories to write many of the songs.

The design: Mayhmayh (Different Birds)
A keen observer of animals, Joe has created this playful design of mayhmayh – the Kunwinjku word for ‘many different birds’. The various birds featured in his design include pigeons, kookaburras, magpie geese, corellas, parrots and black cockatoos – all live in west Arnhem Land.
These birds can be seen and heard throughout the day around Gunbalanya but are noisiest and most spectacular at dusk and dawn, commonly flying in flocks across the sky.
The large billabongs and flood plains near Gunbalanya community are a paradise for bird life where thousands of birds eat, play and live. Joe has also painted the different foods the birds feed on during the year. If you look closely you can see fish, rock lizards, rats, echidna, termites, fruit, insects and plants.

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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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