A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)
A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)
A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)
A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)
A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)
A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)
A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)

A-line dress - Yanggarr (Green Ants)

Regular price $260.00
  • scooped neckline on front 
  • A-line shift style
  • above knee length
  • Fabric designed by Grace Rosendale in Hopevale QLD, printed in Sydney
  • Green print on natural linen
  • Dress made in Sydney

Artist - Grace Rosendale

Grace is a Guugu Yimithirr elder from HopeVale in Far North QLD. Her country is Binthi Warra (between HopeVale and Cape Flattery). Her totem is Gaalaya (centipede) and Wandarr (white cockatoo). 

Grace was born in Woorabinda, West of Rockhampton, in 1946 after her family were forcibly moved there during WWII. 

Her family returned to HopeVale mission, where her father was a house painter and her mother was a midwife. “At the mission we had rations issued out, because our parents weren’t paid for their work. We weren’t really allowed to do much culture, like corroboree, when Christianity came here. They thought it [culture] was witchcraft. That’s why today I don’t know how to dance!”

Grace came to art later in her life. “After I retired working from the supermarket when I was 65, I was always at home. So I thought I’d join the ladies at the art centre!”

Art Story - Yanggarr (green ants)

“My design is green ants. Yanggarr in my language. This is one of the best medicines for colds and flus.

To make the medicine – we get the ants, put them in a bowl, and make sure none of the ants crawl away. Before Christmas is the best time to get it, because that’s when they lay the eggs. But you can get it at any time of the year. You just squash all the ants together, and rub it all over yourself: on your chest, under your nose. It’s just like Vicks. It’s got that very acidy smell.

When we were growing up in mission days we used to go out with a bowl, get the ants, cut up onion, make some damper – eat it that way. We didn’t have much to eat those mission days.

When I see people wearing my designs – it’s nice to see something that I designed. Makes you proud. I’m coming from nowhere to be doing this, you know, a fashion designer!”

 This design was created at the HopeVale Arts and Culture Centre during a workshop with Cairns based Textile artist Bobbie Rueben.

www.hopevaleart.com

Size and fit 

These dresses were made from the first A-line dress pattern, so they run on the small side. We advise going up a size. Steph wears size 14 (usually a 12); other models both wear s10 (fits more like an 8)

a line dress fit in cms
6 8 10 12 14 16
bust 80.5 85.5 90.5 95.5 100.5 105.5
hem width 130.4 135.4 140.4 145.4 150.4 155.4
dress length from neckline 78.16 78.94 79.72 80.5 81.28 82.06

 

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)

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 South Coast NSW within 2 business days (Postcode 2540 if you would like to get an estimate from Aus Post).


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