Gabriel Maralngurra – Mimih 40 cm


Sinuous dancing female mimih figures inspired by rock art thousands of years old.

Square cushion cover with hand printed fabric on front. Zipper closure.

Fabric designer: Gabriel Maralngurra from Injalak Arts, Gunbalanya, NT. The fabric was hand printed in the community.

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Availability: 2 in stock

Fabric: printed linen/cotton (front) and unprinted cotton (back)
Color: the base cloth is chops (mushroom brown) and ink is black. The back of the cushion is black.

Please note that each cushion is unique and the placement of the design is different and wonderful on each item. The fabric was made into cushion covers by Mrs Pichreay our fair trade partner in Cambodia.

The designer: Gabriel Maralngurra
Gabriel has been one of the driving forces of Injalak Arts since its beginnings as an Adult Education course in screenprinting in 1986. An accomplished artist, Gabriel has many skills including painting, screenprinting on t-shirts, posters and fabric. Gabriel attributes much of his artistic education to Thompson Yulidjirri (dec).

The design:
Female Mimih spirits are depicted in this dynamic design. According to the Kunwinjku people Mimih spirits were the original spirit beings who taught Aboriginal people many of the skills they needed to survive in the bush. They also taught aspects of ceremony. Mimih spirits inhabit the rocky escarpments around Gunbalanya but because they are extremely timid are rarely seen by humans. Often seen in the rock art of West Arnhem Land as small, dynamic figures, usually shown with hunting tools such as spears, spear throwers, dilly bags and fire sticks. Mimih spirits do many of the same things people do, and according to the artist the Mimih spirits in this design are “just having fun”, chatting, dancing and singing.


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:


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