Bush Skirt - Darbalun (Goannas)

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Bush Skirt - Darbalun (Goannas)
Bush Skirt - Darbalun (Goannas)
Bush Skirt - Darbalun (Goannas)
  • High waisted skirt
  • Below knee length
  • Pockets
  • Stretchy waist band at back (adds an extra 20cm)
  • Buttons down front - bottom two are functional 
  • Fabric designed by Samuel Daylight, Minyerri NT
  • Pink and red print on navy lightweight linen
  • Skirt made in Sydney

Artist - Samuel Daylight 

Samuel Daylight is an Alawa man who was born and raised in Urapunga community. He has lived in Minyerri with his wife Agnes Wilfred and her family for the last 27 years. Samuel works at Minyerri Health Centre, and is the Chairman of Alawa Corporation. He likes going out bush, hunting, fishing and camping in his 4WD with his family on the weekend. He created his Darbalun (goanna) design at a Magpie Goose workshop at the Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre in April 2018. 

Art Story - Darbalun (Goanna) 

“This design I made is the little goanna– in our Alawa language we call it Darbalun. We have them for lunch when we go out hunting for animals. We've lived on this animal for 65000 years, since time began! You catch it by lifting up a rock (they live under the rock). Then you chuck it in the coals - or make a stone oven (Ardarl in Alawa language). Every meat tastes like chicken, but chicken doesn’t describe it – it’s a taste to die for! There's a bigger goanna too – Warjindu in Alawa. The bigger goanna is my ‘second boss’; we both own each other, in our culture. We share ceremony, and share the same cultural state. 

Each person is connected with an animal – for me it’s kangaroo, and the bigger goanna. These are my totems. My mother’s father, and my grandmother - my mum’s side of family - represent the goanna. And the goanna also represents this land, Alawa Country, Minyerri. This is goanna country. 

I made this design in April 2018; I’m pretty excited to see it in a shirt! Now I’m wearing this shirt it makes me feel happy – what this little animal has helped me achieve!”

Size and fit 

Obby wears size 6 bush skirt. These are an oversized fit - we recommend going down a size! (the waist is very stretchy)

Bush Skirt  6 8 10 12 14 16
waist (cms) - relaxed/unstretched 60.26 65.3 70.4 75.5 80.5 87
Hem circumference (cms) 206.7 211.8 216.9 222 227 232
Length (cms) 75.5 75.5 75.5 75.5 75.5 75.5


Treat me right

Design is printed on linen with quality inks and then heat-set; designs are colourfast. Each metre of fabric is hand-printed and is unique - fabulous variations often occur!

Please treat your wearable art with love and care – we recommend cold hand wash, dry in shade, and reverse iron.


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Standard International post: AUD $15 

Express International Post: AUD $25 

Free standard shipping Australia-wide for all orders over $500

All orders are packed and dispatched from Melbourne Vic within 2 business days (Postcode 3056 if you would like to get an estimate from Aus Post).

Bush Skirt - Darbalun (Goannas)
Bush Skirt - Darbalun (Goannas)
Bush Skirt - Darbalun (Goannas)