Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People


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Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
  • Loose fitting sleeveless top
  • Scooped front neckline
  • Pink and cream print on red lightweight linen
  • Print designed by Rosa Marnga, Kalumburu WA
  • Hand screen printed 
  • Top made 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 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.”

Rosa created this design at a Magpie Goose textile design workshop at Kalumburu Strong Women's Centre in August 2018. 

Size and fit

Sharnie wears size 12 (bust: 93cm, waist: 83cm, hips: 91cm, height: 176cm)

Freedom wears size 8 (bust: 80cm, waist: 70cm, hips 85cm, height :165cm)

Measurements below are in CMs, and of the garment. 

6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
bust 94 99 104 109 114 120 125 131 136
across shoulder 33 34 35.5 36.5 38 39 40.5 42 43
arm hole circumference 50 52 54 57 59 61 63 65.5 67.7
hem circumference 104 109 114.4 119.5 124.5 130 135.5 141 146.6
front length 50.5 51 52 52.5 53.5 54.5 55.5 56.8 57.8

Treat me right

Design is printed on linen/cotton 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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Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
Simple tank - Macassans Trading with My People
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Love wearing this story

I love all the Magpie Goose garments I've bought over the years, and wearing such powerful stories and vibrancy. This shirt is elegant and bold, of lovely quality and cut. I also appreciate the wonderful impact Magpie Goose are making with First Nations artists and communities, and learning about vast histories of trade, family and culture thanks to artist Rosa Marnga.

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