Box dress - Manme (bushfoods)
*** PRE-ORDER: WE AIM TO HAVE THIS ON THE WAY TO YOU BY 19 FEBRUARY ***
- Mid thigh/ above knee length
- Short sleeves
- Loose shift fit
- Key hole button clasp at back of neck
Royal blue print on white linen
- Printed in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land
- Dress made in Sydney
Artist and art story
Manme was Injalak’s first women’s fabric design and was created in 1992 by four talented Kunwinjku women - Merril Girrabul, Priscilla Badari, Lynne Nadjowh and Audrey Nadjowh (deceased). The original artwork was destroyed, and recreated during a workshop in 2014. Merrill, Priscilla and Lynne are all talented weavers. They continue to create fabric designs reflecting their strong connection to country and culture.
This design celebrates manme (plant foods). Kunwinjku people refer to the bush as their supermarket’ containing everything from staple foods to snacks, medicines to raw materials.
Bordering the design are two hairy tubers which are carbohydrate staples, karrbarda (‘long yam’, Dioscorea transversa) and mankindjek (‘cheeky yam’, Dioscorea bulbifera). Mankinjdjek must be leached before cooking in a loosely woven djerrh (dilly bag) in running water.
Arnhem Land abounds in fruits especially in the ‘build-up’ and early wet season. The round fruits shown here are mankurndalh (‘black plum’, Persoonia falcata).
Many fruits are also used medicinally, including manngukmanj (cheesefruit tree, Morinda citrifolia), the large lumpy fruits in this design. The clover-like shape in this design is the open seed pod of mankarralarlhmanj (peanut tree, Sterculia quadrifida) filled with tasty and nourishing nuts.
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 is 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.
Read more and shop fabric online at: www.injalak.com
Size and Fit
Rachana is 173cm tall – she wears size 8 box dress.
|bottom hem width (cms)||110||115||120||125||130||135|
|length (cms from scooped neck to hem)||76.2||76.9||77.5||78.1||78.8||79.4|
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.