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Nelly – Injalak – Fruit Bats (hand printed)

$59.00

A gorgeous little clutch purse that is slim, elegant and a delight to hold. It’s big enough to hold all your essentials (phone, cards, keys, wallet) and small enough to put inside a larger bag like a tote or backpack to keep things organised. Its holds its shape but is not rigid. Can also be used as a large pencil case, make up purse etc.

The fabric was designed by First Nations artist Selina Nadjowh from Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), a remote community in the Northern Territory of Australia. The feature fabric was hand printed in the community workshop.

Dimensions:
L: 21 cm (8.25 inches)
W: 16 cm (6.25 inches)

Free shipping in Australia

Availability: 1 in stock

Complementary fabric (on reverse) is blue handwoven cotton.

Features:

  • Fully lined
  • Slip in inserts for six cards
  • Internal Zip pocket
  • Detachable wrist strap
  • Limited Edition
  • Made in a small disability workshop in Cambodia
  • Fabric hand printed on country

Made with care and integrity by Women for Women, a women’s social enterprise in Phnom Penh that trains, employs and supports disabled women from the countryside.

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

The Design:
In this fabric design Selina has painted a colony of kuluban (fruit bats) hanging from the branches of a tree at night. It is yekke (the dry sesason) and many flowers are in bloom. Kuluban feed on flowers and, in turn, pythons including Nawuran (Oenpelli pythons) feed on the bats. Kuluban are also a food source for the Indigenous people of Northern Australia although to Western tastes the flesh is very gamey and pungent. When particular varieties of blossom come into season the diet of the bat changes the degree of sweetness in the flesh of the bat itself. They are silent in flight but can be heard feeding at night in the trees and are raucous as they roost in the mornings. Kuluban is the generic word for fruit bats, also known as flying foxes because of their pungent scent, but also specifically refers to the black flying fox (Pteropus alecto).

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Selina is a member of Injalak Arts. 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 range of 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: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/InjalakArts

Color

Orange, Yellow

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