Serena Bag – Dilly Bags – Alanga Nganbe


Lightweight and very handy bag that can be worn off the shoulder or cross body. Serena’s big enough to hold everything you need such as phone, purse/wallet, keys and more. She’s also slim enough to wear inside a coat or under clothing.

Feature fabric designed by Alanga Nganbe and hand printed at Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation in Wadeye (Port Keats) NT.

Availability: 1 in stock

Fabric: Linen/cotton feature fabric. Lining and matching fabric is cotton.

Colour: The base cloth is red and the design is printed offset in two colors: black and yellow

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 under clothing
  • Limited edition (only 5 made)
  • Quality notions
  • Can be gently hand-washed

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.

NB: pease note that each purse is unique and the placement of the fabric design is different and wonderful on each item.

The artist: Alanga Nganbe

Design: Design:
The artist has painted hand-woven string bags as the design, they are often referred to as ‘dilly bags’. These bags were essential items carried by Alanga’s ancestors. Natural plant fibres were spun on the upper leg to a double-ply and then looped to make the bags. The detail in her images is beautiful and the looped weaving can be clearly seen.

Art centre
Palgunun Wurnangat Aboriginal (PWA) Corporation (also known as Wadeye Women) oversees a range of community-based projects designed to preserve and promote Aboriginal culture and tradition, whilst developing self-sustaining businesses and programs run by, and for, all aboriginal people within the community. Palngun Wurnangat means ‘women all together‘, or ‘all the women here‘ in Murrinhpatha – the main language spoken in the Thamarrurr region. The Thamarrurr region is approximately 380kms South-West of Darwin and extends from Daly River to the Western Australian border in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf.


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