Classic fitted dress - bodypaint jilamara
- low scooped neckline on front and back
- Invisible zip on back
- classic knee length
- fitted around waist
- Fabric hand screen printed in Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands
- Light blue print on pumpkin/yellow cotton (drill)
- Dress made in Sydney
Alan Kerinauia was born in Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island in 1964. “I been here at Tiwi Design since the early days. I was seeing people starting off the screenprinting - Bede and Giovanni - I see my families, painting, carving. So when I left school in 1983 I came to Tiwi Design and started working with Bede, Giovanni, Osmond Kantilla.
“I love seeing the famous people wearing my designs, and coming up with different bright colours to print.”
This design is hand screen printed at Tiwi Design, Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Islands), 80km North of Darwin. Tiwi Design aims to promote, preserve and enrich Tiwi culture – it supports over 100 artists to do painting, wood sculptures, textiles, ceramics, pandanus weaving and printmaking.
“I made this bodypaint/Jilamara design in Canberra in 2014. Jilamara means painting or design - Tiwi people do Jilamara on their body, on a screen, or paint it on canvas. In the old days people did Jilamara through making a scar on their body with a shell. Nowdays they do Jilamara with paint. Old people paint Jilamara for ceremony on the young kids, and they paint up themselves looking in the mirror.
Jilamara can have lots of different meanings - like the pattern of a crocodile, like a shark, or water, or coral reef, or the tide. It can tell the story of any of the four skin groups - sun, pandanus, rock, or mullet (fish). My Jilamara is patterns of things that live on the land and the sea. Triangles can mean sugarbag; triangles with dots can be honey bee. The full lines they represent a creek or a river. The lines and dot are sort of like a snake. Dots are waterholes or people. That’s all in my design.”
Size and fit
Diane is 170cm tall – she wears size 14 dress. Maggie is 172cm tall, she wears size 12 dress.
Treat me right
Design is printed on cotton 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.