Classic fitted dress -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.
- Coral-y beige-y orange-y print on black linen
- Dress made in Sydney
Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (1940-2013), an internationally acclaimed carver, painter and printmaker, created this Jilamara design. Jean was born in Pirlingimpi (Garden Point), on Melville Island into the Tapatapunga (March Fly) skin group. When she was young her family moved to Wurrumiyanga, where she lived in a dormitory at the convent and was educated and cared for by the nuns from the Catholic mission.
Jean’s 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.
Jean recreated and interpreted body-painting designs used in Tiwi Ceremony through her art:
“All my paintings are ceremony, same like this one. We Tiwi paint our bodies with ochre for ceremony. This is our body painting design. This is olden days painting. Long ago in the early days we put Yalinga (red ochre), Arrikininga (yellow ochre) and tutuyangini (white ochre) on our face and body for Pukumani (fineral) and Kulama (Yam) ceremonies. The bars going across are the Jilamara (body painting) we put across our stomach and chest. Sometimes we still do this. My husband taught me this style, he used to tell me story about that painting.”
Size and fit
Robyn is 170cm tall, Rachana is 173cm tall - they both wear size 8 dress.
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.