Short sleeved shirt - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
Short sleeved shirt - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)
Short sleeved shirt - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)

Short sleeved shirt - Babatha Nganga (flowering gum)

Regular price $180.00
  • Short sleeved, collared shirt
  • Buttons down front
  • Not slim fit style
  • Men's shirt style, but can be worn by anyone!
  • Fabric designed by Dora Deemal in HopeVale, far North QLD, printed in Sydney
  • Light blue, cream and pink print on red lightweight linen
  • Shirt made in Sydney

Artist - Dora Diaguma

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 

“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 

Dudley (beard and long hair) is wearing size Medium; Jones is wearing size Large.

The following is size of the garment, in centimetres. 

short sleeved shirt XS S M L XL XXL
Chest circumference (measurement taken just below armpit) 100 106 112 120 126 132
Sleeve length 23 24 25 26 27 28
shirt length (shoulder to hem) 67 68 69 70 71 72
neck 36 38 40 42 44 46

 

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.

Shipping

Standard Australia Post: AUD $8 (approx 5 business days)

Express Australia Post: AUD $11 (approx 1 - 2 business days)

Standard International post: AUD $15 

Express International Post: AUD $25 

Free standard shipping Australia-wide for all orders over $500

All orders are packed and dispatched from South Coast NSW within 2 business days (Postcode 2540 if you would like to get an estimate from Aus Post).


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