Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)

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Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
  • Cropped, boxy shaped top
  • Short sleeves
  • Button at back of neck
  • Fabric designed by Nina Maraltadj, Kalumburu WA
  • Cream print on khaki linen/cotton
  • Hand screen printed 
  • 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 

First model wears s8. 

Kitty wears size 14 (bust: 109cm, waist: 98cm, hips 112cm, height 160cm)

The following is size of the garment, in centimetres.

6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
bust 95 100 105 110 115 120 125 131 137
across shoulder 34 35 36 38 39 40.5 42 43 44
sleeve circ 32 33.5 35 36.5 38 39.5 41 43 44.8
hem circ 96 101 106 111 116 121 126 132 138
front length 40 41 42 43 44 46 48 50 52


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.

Shipping

Standard Australia Post: AUD $8 (approx 5 business days)

Express Australia Post: AUD $11 (approx 1 - 2 business days)

NZ standard post: $13

NZ express post: $20

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 country Victoria (Postcode 3685 if you would like to get an estimate from Aus Post). Orders made before 2pm will be posted that day, and after 2pm will be posted next business day. 

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.

Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
Box top - Marlingu (Oysters)
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03/17/2021
Love it!

I recently purchased the box top Marlingu and love it. It feels beautiful on and getting lots of great comments! It was delivered faster than expected and the communication from Magpie Goose was great as soon as I made the purchase. Thank you!

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Charlene
Australia Australia
03/01/2021
Mailin

I love the top. The colour and design is perfect. I was a bit short but I let it down as far as I could and yes I wear it and always get lovely comments. I think you could make some that are a little longer. I love that you are now Aboriginal owned.

MS
Mailin S.
Australia Australia