Box dress - Marebu (woven mats)
Box dress - Marebu (woven mats)
Box dress - Marebu (woven mats)

Box dress - Marebu (woven mats)

Regular price $260.00
  • Mid thigh/ above knee length
  • Short sleeves
  • Pockets
  • Loose shift fit
  • Key hole button clasp at back of neck
  • White on natural coloured linen 
  • Printed in Gunbalanya, East Arnhem Land
  • Dress made in Sydney
Artist and art centre

This design was created by three talented Kunwinjku daluk (women) - Priscilla Badari, Katra Nganjmirra and Silvia Badari who work at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya. 

The women are all talented weavers, and they create fabric designs reflecting their strong connection to country and culture. This 'Marebu' (woven mat) design was created collaboratively during a fabric design and screen printing workshop run by Injalak Arts in 2013-2014. 
‘Marebu’ design is printed at Injalak Arts; a non-profit Aboriginal-owned social enterprise in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land. Injalak Arts delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for around 200 active members – artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations.
Art story 

The design depicts Marebu (woven mats) - valuable items traditionally made by women. Marebu had many uses, including: being worn, a surface to prepare food, rolling up and carrying children (particularly in the yekke cold season in June/July), a sleeping mat, and also various ceremonial uses.

Priscilla Badari explains that people were originally inspired to make round mats by the shape of the moon. 

This design was based on real examples of woven Pandanus spiralus marebu at Injalak Arts with all their variety of pattern and weaving techniques. It is a vibrant design that expresses the women’s love for their cultural heritage and their desire to extend it to new media.

Size and Fit

Luca is 168cm tall; she wears size 6 box dress (now 4cm longer than pictured)

box dress 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
bust (cms) 102 107 112 117 122 127 132
bottom hem width (cms) 110 115 120 125 130 135 140
length (from scooped neck to hem) 80.22 80.86 81.5 82.14 82.78 83.42 84.06

 

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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