Serena Bag – Mandjabu (Fish Trap) – Ladies Collaboration

$55.00

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.

Feature fabric designed by Priscilla Badari, Sylvia Badari, Lynne Nadjowh of Injalak Arts and hand printed in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land, NT.

Availability: 1 in stock

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

H: 25 cm (10 inch)
W: 19 cm (7.5 inch)

Features:

  • 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 (3 only made)
  • 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.

The designers: Priscilla Badari, Sylvia Badari, Lynne Nadjowh

The design:
Mandjabu (Fish Traps) were traditionally used throughout Western Arnhem Land to catch djenj (generic Kunwinjku word for fish). The large woven nets are made from strong vines, ere anchored in the river bed and used to trap fish with the changing tides. These traps were very large and could stretch metres in length. Traditionally men would weave these nets due to the size and heavy duty nature of the structure. It was on uncommon for two to three men to spend close to a month weaving large fish traps.
The design features artistic interpretations of the different stitches used to weave these large traps. Although these traps are no long regularly used for fishing, women still practice making them to continue the old traditions and maintain ancient weaving techniques. Examples can be found in museums often recreated from pandanus and sand palm. *

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

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