Fabric: Linen feature fabric. Lining and matching fabric is cotton.
H: 25 cm (10 inch)
W: 19 cm (7.5 inch)
- Fully lined
- Two external pockets with zippers
- Adjustable strap
- Can be worn cross-body or on the shoulder
- Slim enough to be worn inside a coat/clothing
- Gentle hand-wash
The fabric was hand-printed in the community art centre by Aboriginal printers and then beautifully crafted by our fair trade partners, in Cambodia. Kravan House was a pioneer social enterprise in Phnom Penh and has been training and employing disabled artisans since 2003.
This collaborative design was created by four Kunwinjku daluk (women) artists, Priscilla Badari, Lynne Nadjowh, Sylvia Badari and Katra Nganjmirra. These women are all talented fibre artists and have works featured in “Twined Together” (2005).
The design: Birribang Duruk (Many Cheeky Dogs) 2017
This contemporary design was inspired by drawings made in Gunbalanya by children during a poster-making workshop in 1999. Dogs are long-time companions of Kunwinjku people and are also significant in Gunbalanya because of the creation story: Duruk Djang that tells the story of two dogs – Adjumallarl and Omwarl.
The dogs came from the West and they were thirsty from their travel. Omwarl had a broken arm, she could hardly walk, and they had to travel slowly. Her brother Adjumallarl went to look for water. He dug a hole looking for it and found none, so they kept going. They travelled further and found a big waterfall where Adjumallarl dug for water again and went in. Omwarl stopped and turned into a rock. We can still see her there today, near the turn-off to Gunbalanya. There are now many dogs in Gunbalanya and also at Injalak Arts, some are cheeky some are friendly.
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: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/InjalakArts