Fat Quarter – Quandongs – Thomas Murray


Bright and joyous print at an ideal scale for patchworking and quilting

The image is a Fat Quarter folded.

This fabric is based on an original painting by Thomas Yamangara Murray, an Aboriginal artist who lives at Kalka in the Ngaanyatjara/Pitjantjatjara Lands of South and Western Australia.

Digitally printed on organic cotton in Australia. Excellent weight for clothing, accessories and some homewares.


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  • Composition: Classic Cotton – organic (more info at bottom)
  • Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x 27.5 inches)
  • Weight of base cloth: 140 gsm
  • The artist is paid royalties for every metre printed
  • Produced by Flying Fox Fabrics under license in collaboration with Papulankutja Artists
  • Tag with story details supplied (see photo)


Thomas has painted mangata (Santalum acuminatum), the fruit of a small tree that is Indigenous to arid and semi-arid Australia. They have a hard round seed surrounded by a fruit that is bright red when ripe. The fruit is extremely high in vitamins and can be eaten straight off the tree or made into cakes for later use. The large, oily kernels can be crushed to make an all-natural hair conditioner or a powerful medicine to treat bruises and skin conditions. Emus are very fond of quandongs, as are feral camels which is now impacting populations of this small tree.

The mangata have fallen off the tree and lie amongst the spinifex grass. Thomas created this artwork whilst camping at the ‘sorry camp’ in Mantamaru (Jameson).

Papulankutja Artists is a community-based, not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation governed by a committee of elected members.

It evolved out of the Women’s Centre where painting had been encouraged as an activity for both men and women since the mid 1980s. With the Aboriginal art market taking off it became necessary to establish a legal framework to protect the artists and their entitlements. Papulankutja Artists was born in 2003 and a year later registered as an Aboriginal Corporation with the members governing the art centre. After five year struggling to find a home Papulankutja Artists moved into a purpose built art centre in 2009. The art centre also works with artists in Mantamaru (Jameson), a community 75kms to the west.

The fabric: Classic Cotton is made from organic yarn and woven in a satin finish. The fabric has a smooth surface with a sheen across it and a bright white point making it an excellent fabric for printing. Classic Cotton is a versatile fabric that produces a soft hand feel and gentle drape. Perfect for all types of clothing, accessories and selected soft furnishings.

Printed by: Next State Print in Melbourne, Australia

Fabric care instructions:
Gentle cold wash. Do not bleach, warm rinse well, do not tumble dry, iron, dry cleanable (P).


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