Box dress- Wakih (fresh water prawns)

Box dress- Wakih (fresh water prawns)

Regular price $260.00
  • Short sleeves
  • Pockets
  • Loose shift fit
  • Key hole button clasp at back of neck
  • Red print on pink linen
  • Printed in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land
  • Dress made in Sydney

Artist and art centre

Reuben Manakgu is a Bininj man of the Mandjuringunj clan. His language is Kunwinjku, and his country is Mangardubu. Reuben is Injalak’s screenprint production manager, in charge of a small and dedicated team of Bininj men.

‘Wakih’ design is printed at Injalak Arts; a non-profit Aboriginal-owned social enterprise in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land. Injalak Arts delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for around 200 active members – artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations.

Art story

Wakih (Leptopalaemon gagadjui) is a freshwater prawn found only in West Arnhem Land, hence the species name ‘gagadjui’ derived from Gagudju, the Indigenous name for the language and people of Kakadu. Bininj (West Arnhem Aboriginal people) still catch it today, in deep billabongs and waterways. 

A lot of wakih can be caught in the creeks of Reuben’s country - Mangardubu - north of Gunbalanya. He catches them with a throw net or a piece of meat on the end of a fishing line and entices them into the shallows where they can be speared. The silhouette style used in this design is ancient in origin and common in the rock art of West Arnhem Land.

Size and fit

Rachana is 173cm tall – she wears size 8 box dress.  

6 8 10 12 14 16
bust (cms) 102 107 112 117 122 117
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.

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