Shirt dress - Macassans trading with my people
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- Collared shirt dress with waist tie
- 3/4 length sleeves that can be worn loose or rolled up
- Buttons down the front (works for breastfeeding)
- Pockets in side seams
- Approximately knee length
- Fabric designed by Rosa Marnga
- Pink and cream print on red mid weight linen
- Hand screen printed
- Dress made ethically in Sydney
Artist: Rosa Marnga
“I’m a Kwini woman through my father’s side. He is a Traditional Owner for this country - from Pago up to Kalumburu. Our family are the main people for this country - we’re the guardians.
On my mother’s side I’m a Wunumbal Gaambera person, from the other side of the river. It’s called Bouganville Peninsula and it’s not far from Truscott (the air base). We fought for native title, my father’s and my mother’s people. Right now we’re trying to make the government realise that our country is sacred. We want to keep our country stable, how it was millions of years ago; without mining destroying our country. I am a member of Wunambal Gaambera Corporation. Whenever they need help I go and give them a hand. I go out and welcome people to country. We have a lot of tourists out in our country now, so we have to smoke them, welcome them.”
Art story: Macassans trading (sea cucumber and tamarind) with my people
“My design is about the Macassans coming across from Indonesia and trading with our old people. They would bring their tamarinds and trade them for our sea cucumber (trepang). We had many sea cucumbers growing on our islands here. They would trade other things as well - tools, knives and spearheads. The ‘giant’ (in the design) was the one the Macassans used to deal with. He was my ancestor. He was the leader of the Gaambera people, he was the one who looked after our country. He was the biggest fella -
maybe 6 foot tall. The Macassans had to go through him. He would make the deal with the Macassans, and then other people from our country and surrounding country would come to him to trade goods for the tamarinds. This was all happening a long time ago - before the missionaries came around. People wanted the tamarinds, they liked the taste. Sometimes they would mix it with the fish for extra flavour but mostly they just ate them - just like lollies! The tamarind trees grow wild around here now - because of when the Indonesians came across to trade.”
Size and fit
Laura wears size 8 (bust: 85cm, waist: 73cm, hips: 102cm, height: 175cm)
Measurements are of the garment, in CMs.
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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!
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