Serena Bag – Karrbarrda (Long Yam) – Maath Maralngurra


Sweet, lightweight and very handy bag that can be worn off the shoulder or cross body. She’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 Maath Maralngurra of Injalak Arts and hand printed in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land, NT.

Availability: 2 in stock

Fabric: Cotton drill feature fabric. Lining and matching fabric is cotton.

Colour: The base cloth is black and the ink is a colorwave of light and medium grey. Please indicate in a note whether you’d prefer light or dark grey.

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
  • 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.

Designer: Maath Maralngurra
Maath has been painting since his late teens. His painting style is defined by extremely delicate line work and the translucency of his ochres. His father, Gabriel Maralngurra
is a well known Kunwinjku artist and a founding member of Injalak Arts. Maath’s grandfather, Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek was an important influence and mentor in his early development as an artist.

Design: Karrbarrda (Long Yams) 2013
The heart-shaped leaves of the edible karrbarda (Dioscorea transversa or long yam) are similar to mankinjdjek (Dioscorea bulbifera known as the “cheeky yam”. The cheeky yam is poisonous unless properly prepared. But the old people know how to tell the leaves apart. Women used to dig up long yams with kunbalkbu (digging sticks), but now they usually use kubba (“crow bars”, sticks fashioned from bits of metal). They go into the forest, to the places they know the yams will be, dig them up and cook them in the ashes of the fire. Kunwinjku people still eat them but the young girls today often don’t know how to recognise the leaves of the long yam, only the old women.
Karrbarda is also the subject of a song cycle that is still performed in Gunbalanya today.

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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