Serena Bag – Nawaran (Oenpelli Python) – Selina Nadjowh


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 Selina Nadjowh 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 ‘french navy’ blue and the ink is pale coral. The actual colour is a little less intense than the photos.

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)
  • 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.

The designer: Selina Nadjowh
Selina comes from a family of art makers. Her father, Timothy Nabegeyo, is a well known senior man and painter and her mother, Audrey Nadjowh, is a senior fibre artist. Selina and her sister Lynne are known to make a combination of bark paintings with a woven pandanus frame – an artform unique to this Gunbalanya region.

The Design: Nawaran (Oenpelli Python) 2014

This design depicts the rare nawaran (Oenpelli Python, Morelia oenpelliensis), an enormous snake endemic to West Arnhem Land. Nawaran is known to enjoy feeding on kuluban (flying foxes, pteropus spp.), and can be seen here winding up a bloodwood tree in search of its prey. Bloodwood trees such as mandangdang (Corymbia setosa) and manbune (Corymbia polycarpa) flower around the Kunwinjku season of Yekke, the colder time of the year around May-June. At this time flying foxes swarm to feed on the flowers, and grow fat and sweet. This is the best time to hunt them and they are traditionally cooked in a ground oven.

The huge coiled figure of nawaran in this design captures a sense of its latent power, with its head searching and poised to strike.

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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