Box dress - Dakawa' (Crayfish)
Box dress - Dakawa' (Crayfish)
Box dress - Dakawa' (Crayfish)
Box dress - Dakawa' (Crayfish)

Box dress - Dakawa' (Crayfish)

Regular price $260.00
  • Mid thigh/ above knee length
  • Short sleeves
  • Pockets
  • Loose shift fit
  • Key hole button clasp at back of neck
  • Coral and blue print on cream cotton/linen
  • Designed in Minyerri, printed in Sydney
  • Dress made in Sydney

Artist - Dudley Forbes

Dudley Forbes was born in Katherine, but grew up at a small outstation named Emu Springs near Daly River / Nauiyu. He lived in Bulman and Gapuwiyak in South East Arnhem Land before moving to Minyerri after meeting his now wife Rowena. They have two girls, and a new baby boy together. Dudley works as a driver for the Health Clinic in Minyerri.  “I play footy, go hunting (turkey, bullock), fishing mainly – that’s my fun!” Dudley’s father was an artist and inspired Dudley to develop an interest in art.  Dudley speaks Yolgnu Matha, Rambarrnga, and Kriol.

Art Story: Dakawa’ (crayfish)

“This design is about the crayfish – Dakawa’ in Yolgnu Matha (the language of East Arnhem Land). There are two kinds of crayfish – the one with the black on the side comes from the billabong, and the yellow one is from the river. Around Minyerri we catch these in McDonald and Minamia Rivers, Rocky River – any river that runs! We catch the black ones in the billabong that’s here in Minyerri. We catch them with a line, and a fish net. We dirty the water with our feet or with a stick (make it all muddy), then catch a heap! When we catch them, we break the claws off so we make sure they don’t bite.  

Then we chuck ‘em on the coals to cook them. They taste really good.”

Size and fit

Jayzena wears size 6 box dress.

box dress 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
bust (cms) 102 107 112 117 122 127 132
bottom hem width (cms) 110 115 120 125 130 135 140
length (from scooped neck to hem) 80.3 82 83.5 85 86.5 88.5 90.5


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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