Box top - Lambalk Kangun Mannguy (Sugar Glider Eating Flowers)
- Cropped, boxy shaped top
- Short sleeves
- Button at back of neck
- Fabric hand screen printed in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land
- Peach print on white linen
- Top made in Sydney
Artist and art centre
Graham Badari is a Bininj man of the Wardjak clan. His language is Kunwinjku, and his country is Maburrinj, which is near Kudjekbinj about 120 km east of Gunbalanya. He draws much of his artistic inspiration from this region. Graham is one of Injalak senior screenprint designers, producing many popular designs, and has worked there since 1990.
This fabric 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 - Lambalk Kangun Mannguy (Sugar Glider Eating Flowers)
This design (created in 2013) shows lambalk (sugar gliders)feeding on mannguy (flowers). The flowers are from a tree known as mandangdang (Corymbia setosa or rough-leafed bloodwood). This tree is also prized amongst Kunwinjku people for making mako (didjeridus).
Lambalk live in hollow trees and are small, omnivorous, arboreal and nocturnal possums. The common name refers to its preference for sugary nectarous foods and ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.
Djirrihdiddid (sacred kingfisher) also features in the design, a turquoise coloured bird that is often spotted during the dry season in the Top End.
The intricate pattern has a sense of subtle movement, as if the leaves are rustling as the lambalk flies past.
Size and fit
Esmeralda is 170cm tall, she's wearing s10 top. Charlotte is 163cm tall, she is wearing size 10 box top.
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.