Box top - Wakih (fresh water prawns)
Box top - Wakih (fresh water prawns)
Box top - Wakih (fresh water prawns)
Box top - Wakih (fresh water prawns)
Box top - Wakih (fresh water prawns)

Box top - Wakih (fresh water prawns)

Regular price $130.00

*** PRE-ORDER: WE AIM TO HAVE THIS ON THE WAY TO YOU BY 19 FEBRUARY  ***

      • Cropped, boxy shaped top
      • Short sleeves
      • Button at back of neck
      • Fabric hand screen printed in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land
      • Red print on fuchsia linen
      • Top 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

      Laura is 175cm tall – she wears size 10 box top; Diane is 170cm tall, she wears size 14 top.

      6 8 10 12 14 16
      bust 95 100 105 110 115 120
      hem 96 101 106 111 116 121

       

      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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