Shirt dress - Marlingu (Oysters)


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Shirt dress - Marlingu (Oysters)
Shirt dress - Marlingu (Oysters)
Shirt dress - Marlingu (Oysters)
  • Loose fitting shirt dress
  • Waist tie
  • Pockets
  • 3/4 length sleeves 
  • roughly knee length, depending on your height
  • buttons down the front
  • Fabric designed by Nina Maraltadj
  • Cream print on khaki linen/cotton
  • Hand screen printed
  • Dress made ethically in Sydney

Artist: Nina Maraltadj 

“My name is Maria Maraltadj but people call me Nina. I have lived in Kalumburu all my life. I am Kwini, and my language is Bela. My family’s country is Cape Londenery area. I live in Kalumburu but we take our children to McGowan beach on the weekend and school holidays. It’s just 20km out of Kalumburu. We’ve been going there since we were kids; that’s when the old people used to teach us what to eat; what to find in the bush. Now we’re teaching our kids.  

I have two children, and two grandaughters.My sister runs Bela language courses here in Kalumburu; I help out by teaching the kids when I’m looking after them. I like getting together with the women at the Women’s Centre: to have a yarn, and paint. I mostly paint the Gwion figures that the old people used to do as rock art (you can find these in my mothers country, along the coast); they are the ancestors of our people. They are also our protector spirits of us and our sacred places and waterholes. Their songs and dances are about their journey through life.”

Art story: Marlingu (oysters)

“I created this Marlingu (Oysters) design for Magpie Goose in August 2018. We get a lot of oysters at McGowan beach. The old people used to tell us that oysters are good medicine for when we have chest problems, like heavy colds and flus. We eat them raw, but sometimes we cook them on the coals; they’re more yummy this way! We get them straight off the rocks; we get a hammer or an axe and just chip it off the rocks. You can get them all along the coast; so if we get too much from McGowan, then we go to the next beach. Our whole family goes out camping at the beach. Makes us feel good - to be out on country, and to feel the spirit of the bush. There’s no stress. Nothing stressed about the bush! Just peaceful there. My design also has the pearls that you can find in the oysters - but we don’t get them as big as the ones you see in Broome! Some people they just keep it when they find pearl; some people make necklaces out of it!  I have found little black small pearls before. There’s a lot of pearl farming in Broome.” 

Size and fit

Measurement is of the garment, in cms.

Pleiades wears size 8 (bust: 86cm, waist: 67cm, hips: 91cm, height: 170cm)

Size 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
bust 99 104 109 114 119.5 125 130.5 136 141.5
waist 95 100 105 110 115 120.7 126.3 132 137.3
hips 107.8 113 118 123 128 133.5 139 144.7 150
hem circ 126 132 137 142 147 152.5 158 163.5 169
front length 107.5 109 110 111 112 113.5 115 116.3 117.5
sleeve length 27.5 28.3 29 29.5 30 30.5 31 31.5 32
end sleeve circ 29.5 32.5 35 37.5 40 43.5 47.5 51.5 55


Treat me right

Design is printed on cotton/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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Express Australia Post: AUD $11 (approx 1 - 2 business days)

Standard International post: AUD $15 

Express International Post: AUD $25 

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

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Our guarantee: returns and exchanges

We want you to be happy with your Magpie Goose item + for it to fit well. We will exchange, provide a store credit, or provide a refund if your item does not fit or if the piece is not right for you! Full returns policy here.

Shirt dress - Marlingu (Oysters)
Shirt dress - Marlingu (Oysters)
Shirt dress - Marlingu (Oysters)
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Top of the world

I wore my dress on an indigenous rock art tour in Cape York near Laura. Loved it!

Susannah K.
Australia Australia
Divine oysters

I love this dress so much, however the one downside is that the pockets were made from plain white fabric, so they stand out. If the pockets were a matching green, I would haven't thought twice about giving this a 5 star rating. I've worn her to work, to fancy dinners out, and everyday weekends, and each time I wear her I get another compliment. She's a comfortable and stylish work of art!

Karen R.
Australia Australia
Magpie Goose

Hi Karen - thanks for this feedback. This was a terrible error, and we're fixing it up in our next production run! So sorry about this. Best, Team MG.