Marebu (woven mats) by Priscilla Badari, Katra Nganjmirra and Silvia Badari- Injalak Arts

Artists - Priscilla Badari (pictured), Katra Nganjmirra and Silvia Badari

This design was created by three talented Kunwinjku daluk (women) who work at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya. The women are all weavers, and they create fabric designs reflecting their strong connection to country and culture. This ‘Marebu’ (woven mat) design was created collaboratively during a fabric design and screen printing workshop run by Injalak Arts in 2013-2014.

Art Story

The design depicts Marebu (woven mats) - valuable items traditionally made by women. Marebu had many uses, including: being worn, a surface to prepare food, rolling up and carrying children (particularly in the yekke cold season in June/July), a sleeping mat, and also various ceremonial uses. Priscilla Badari explains that people were originally inspired to make round mats by the shape of the moon.

This design was based on real examples of woven Pandanus spiralus marebu at Injalak Arts with all their variety of pattern and weaving techniques. It is a

vibrant design that expresses the women’s love for their cultural heritage and their desire to extend it to new media.

Art Centre

This design is printed by the men and women at Injalak Arts; a non-profit Aboriginal-owned social enterprise in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land. Injalak Arts officially opened in November 1989. Before this - artists screenprinted in a small shed. Injalak artists and weavers work outside under trees, and under the long verandahs on either side of the Art Centre; screen printers work in the new purpose built screen-printing room.

Indigenous community art centres play an important role in the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists living in remote communities. Injalak Arts is an outstanding example of a community organisation that is 100% Aboriginal owned and delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for its members.

Injalak Arts has around 200 active members – artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations. While based in Gunbalanya, Injalak supports members who live at outstations (regularly travelling to Manmoyi, Mamadawerre and Kabulwarnamyo), thereby generating livelihoods for many individuals and families.

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