Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga


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Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
  • Collared shirt dress with waist tie
  • 3/4 length sleeves that can be worn loose or rolled up
  • Buttons down the front (works for breastfeeding)
  • Pockets in side seams
  • Approximately knee length
  • Fabric designed by Dora Deemal, Hopevale Far North QLD
  • Pink, blue and cream print on red mid weight linen
  • Hand screen printed
  • Dress made ethically in Sydney

Artist: Dora Deemal

Dora is a significant elder of the Binthi clan (one of 32 clan lands of the Guugu Yimithirr tribal nations) and lives in Hopevale in Cape York QLD. Her family totems are Gaalaya (centipede) and Wandarr (white cockatoo).

Dora’s mum’s family were from Stonehenge (near Winton QLD). After Dora’s Grandmother was bitten by a death adder, Dora’s mum and her siblings were taken to away to Cape Bedford mission.

During WWII the German Lutheran missionary at Cape Bedford was taken as a prisoner of war, suspected of operating as a spy. Aboriginal people living at the mission were suspected of transmitting smoke signals to Japanese planes and were forcibly relocated to government camp Woorabinda in South West QLD. They were kept there in camps for eight years.

Dora was born at Woorabinda and returned to the newly established HopeVale Mission when she was five.

Dora started working at HopeVale Arts and Cultural Centre after she retired from working at the Aged Care centre, to keep her mind busy and work with the other ladies. She has 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren."

Art story: Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)

“This is a design about gum nut flowers – which we call Babatha Nganga in Guugu Yimithirr. Babatha grows around here, around the bush. Our gum trees come out with white flowers during the winter-time (but I’ve seen pink and red in Cairns). It’s

beautiful to see them on top of the hills – white amongst the green. There’s lots you can do with Babatha. The dead gum trees are good for making cooking fires; we cook damper and fish on the coals of that kind of tree. We make necklaces from the nuts; and you can make a whistle out of the gum nut. The bees make lovely honey from the flowers.”

This design was created at the HopeVale Arts and Culture Centre during a workshop with Cairns based Textile artist Bobbie Rueben.

Size and fit 

Measurement is of the garment, in cms.

Sharnie wears size 12 (bust: 93cm, waist: 83cm, hips: 91cm, height: 176cm)

6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
bust 99 104 109 114 119.5 125 130.5 136 141.5
waist 95 100 105 110 115 120.7 126.3 132 137.3
hips 107.8 113 118 123 128 133.5 139 144.7 150
hem circ 126 132 137 142 147 152.5 158 163.5 169
front length 107.5 109 110 111 112 113.5 115 116.3 117.5
sleeve length 27.5 28.3 29 29.5 30 30.5 31 31.5 32
end sleeve circ 29.5 32.5 35 37.5 40 43.5 47.5 51.5 55

Treat me right 

Design is printed on linen/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.


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We want you to be happy with your Magpie Goose item + for it to fit well. We will exchange, provide a store credit, or provide a refund if your item does not fit or if the piece is not right for you! Full returns policy here.

Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
Shirt dress - Babatha Nganga
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I love this dress

The quality is stunning! The design is gorgeous and the fabric is lovely. Incredible art! Worth the money! I will definitely buy more! Thank you.

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Shirt dress Babatha Nganga

My experience purchasing the shirt dress was fantastic. the ordering process was easy and the delivery prompt. I love the dress. It fits so well and I love the print. I will definitely be buying more garments as the product is designed and made in Australia. Am spreading the word.

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