Frida Bag – Wakih (Freshwater Shrimps) – Reuben Manakgu

$99.00

This quirky print has a a lot of dedicated admirers! Frida is 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: Reuben Manakgu 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 black linen/cotton and the print is pink. The lining fabric 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 4 made)
  • 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: Reuben Manakgu
As Injalak’s screenprint production manager, Reuben is in charge of a small and dedicated team of Bininj men. Reuben’s artistic eye can be noted in his management skills, technical screen-print knowledge and talent for creating beautiful design colourways.

The design:
Wakih (Leptopalaemon gagadjui) is a freshwater shrimp found only in West Arnhem Land, hence the species name “gagadjui” derived from Gagudju, the Indigenous name for the language and people of Kakadu. Bininj (Aboriginal people) still catch it today, in billabongs and waterways where there is a deep section. A lot of wakih can be caught in the creeks of the artist’s country, Mangardubu, north of Gunbalanya. He catches them with a throw net or a piece of meat on the end of a fishing line and entices them into the shallows where they can be speared. The silhouette style used in this design is ancient in origin and common in the rock art of West Arnhem Land.

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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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