Jules Satchel – Goanna by Ruth Nungarrayi


Elegant and fastidiously detailed satchel/messenger bag with handle and adjustable cotton webbing shoulder strap that is a very comfortable for easy carrying. Ideal for laptops and more.
Inside the bag there are compartments with padding and a strap to secure the contents.
Features fabric designed by Aboriginal artist Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer and she has created her Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Ancestral Creation Story). Ruth is Warlpiri and lives in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is a member of Warlukurlangu Artists.

L: 37 cm (14.5 inches)
H: 26 cm (10 inches)
Depth: 8 cm (3 inches)

All our Julia bags are made by Flying Fox Fabrics and are limited edition.

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Availability: 1 in stock

This product is one of our best quality bags, beautifully finished (see close up photos for details) and secures your valuables well. The Jules satchels are stylish, our partner always chooses beautiful fabrics to coordinate with the print.


Fabric: The feature fabric is printed cotton canvas. The contrasting fabrics are linen and cotton.
Trims: The wooden trims are recycled Cambodian hardwood.
Size: Designed to hold a standard 13″ laptop and/or A4 files
The artist licensed the fabric design through Warlukurlangu Artists and receives royalties.

Fully lined
Hardwood toggle closure
Adjustable strap, can be worn on the shoulder or cross body
Quality cotton webbing is used
Internal zip pocket
Two internal compartments
Padded internal divider to cushion valuables
Quality notions
Limited edition – made in small batches in a disability workshop
Fabric sourced in Australia
Flying Fox Fabrics Jules satchels are made by A.N.D artisandesigner Fair Trade, our partner based in Cambodia.

Please note that every bag is unique, and the placement of the fabric design is different on each item.

About the fabric
The design: Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Ancestral Creation Story)
Story: “This painting depicts a ‘wardapi Jukurrpa’ (sand monitor/goanna [Varanus gouldii] Dreaming). This dramatic Jukurrpa travels between Purturlu (Mount Theo), approximately 150kms north-northwest of Yuendumu, and Yarripilangu (Newhaven), which is approximately 100kms southwest of Yuendumu. This painting focuses on the portion of the Jukurrpa that takes place at Yarripilangu, which is owned by Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women and Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men.

A Japangardi man lived at Jarrardajarrayi near a soakage called Juntangkalpa. He travelled south to Yarripilangu and approached a group of ‘karnta’ (women) that were sitting down in a circle there. He wanted to woo a Nungarrayi woman named Yurlkurinyi who was the wrong skin for him. By tribal law, this woman was his mother-inlaw and their relationship would be taboo.

The Japangardi man wooed the Nungarrayi woman and they went up the hill at Yarripilangu where they made love. The earth there turned to ‘ngunjungunju’ (white ochre) and the man turned himself and all the ‘karnta’ (women) into ‘wardapi’ (goannas). The Japangardi man eventually brought the Nungarrayi woman back to Purturlu to live, even though they were the wrong skin for each other.

White ochre is still found on top of the hill at Yarripilangu and is used today for love magic and for ceremonial decoration. There’s also a cave where you can see the shape of a goanna entering. There are beautiful groundwater springs on the east side of the Yarripilangu hill. A number of important Jukurrpa associated with men’s’ initiation ceremonies pass through Yarripilangu – these include ‘karnta Jukurrpa’ (women’s’ Dreaming), ‘ngalyipi Jukurrpa’ (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina] Dreaming), ‘wati-jarra Jukurrpa’ (two men Dreaming), and ‘witi Jukurrpa’ (ceremonial pole Dreaming).
Warlukurlangu Artists is a non-profit, fully Aboriginal owned arts corporation located Yuendumu in remote Central Australia.
Visit Warlukurlangu Artists online store to see their incredible range of paintings and more.


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