3/4 pants - Open bronc
3/4 pants - Open bronc
3/4 pants - Open bronc
3/4 pants - Open bronc
3/4 pants - Open bronc

3/4 pants - Open bronc

Regular price $220.00
  • High waisted
  • Deep pockets
  • Four buttons down left side
  • Relaxed fit
  • Fabric designed by Nancy McDinny in Katherine in September 2017, hand screenprinted in Sydney
  • Pants made in Sydney 


Nancy McDinny is a Yanyuwa and Garrwa woman, born on Fetrel Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria (NT). Her Aboriginal name is Yukuwal and her skin name is Nangalama.

Nancy is an established artist and a respected keeper of language and cultural knowledge. In her paintings she shares Dreaming stories, and the traditions she learnt from her parents and grandparents, including hunting, fishing, and collecting bush tucker. Nancy is an outspoken advocate for her people and country. She is a major voice in the Frack Free and anti-mining movements; her recent works often depict these themes.

Nancy currently lives with her husband Stewart at Sandridge Outstation near Borroloola.

Nancy created this design in September 2017 during a screenprinting workshop in Katherine run by Tim Growcott and Millie Shorter, facilitated by Magpie Goose in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts. This is her first foray into large scale textile design.

Art story - Open bronc

“This Open Bronc design is the history of my countrymen’s first job: working out on stations as ringers and out on the flat, branding cattle. In the olden days, when people didn’t have cars out bush, they used the bronc horse to rope and pull in wild cattle. Because it was too far to drove the wild cattle back to the station (to brand), they’d find a big flat area, rope the cattle in, build a big fire, put the branding iron in, and brand them out bush! One ringer would go out with the horse, gallop real fast, and rope the wild bullock, and pull it back to the flat. Another two would get the rope, and get the front and back legs, knock him down and brand him. After they branded the bullock, they would drove them back to the station, then out to Cloncurry or Townsville in QLD. Sometimes they’d be out droving for six months, or one year!

My grandfather and father used to tell me these stories – of the open bronc- and I saw it myself too out at Greenbank station near where I grew up. Some of the old people didn’t know how to ride, because they were sea people! In those days they didn’t get paid, they just worked for flour, tea and sugar.”

Size and fit

Sarah is 178cm tall and wears size 8, Laura is 175cm tall and wears size 10 (can squeeze into 8), and Jess is 168cm tall and wears s12.

measurement in CMs 6 8 10 12 14 16
waist 68 73 78 83 88 93
hip 107 112 117 122 127 132


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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