Classic fitted dress - Waves
- low scooped neckline on front and back
- Invisible zip on back
- classic knee length
- fitted around waist
- Fabric hand screen printed in Wadeye, NT
- Black print on teal cotton (broadcloth)
- Dress made in Sydney
Artist and art centre
Leonie Melpi is a Wangka woman from Wadeye, one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal communities, located about 420km South West of Darwin. Leonie’s language is Mari Amu. She is mother of five, and aunty and granny to many! Leonie loves painting and drawing, and does art to relax.
Leonie’s design is hand screen printed at the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation– which roughly translates to ‘women working together’ in Murrinhpatha. PWAC is home to a growing number of Indigenous female artists whose contemporary and traditional designs are represented through screen and lino prints, stencil work, sewing, weaving and painting. PWAC was founded in 1990 to provide support and economic opportunities to women and families of the Thamarrurr region.
Leonie’s design ‘waves’ was created in 2007. The inspiration for the design came from the waves and ripples of the water at the beach. The community of Wadeye is about one hour from the beach on a very bumpy road. You can stand on the beach and look out to the Timor Sea. Locals love to go fishing and swimming at the beach – but you have to look out for crocs!
Size and fit
Rachana is 173cm tall – she wears size 8 dress; Diane is 170cm tall, she wears size 14 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.