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Carla Purse – Dancing Woman

$55.00 inc. GST

Our Carla purse is well-crafted and durable. The practical size of this purse makes it lovely to carry, it will keep your cards, coins and cash in order. We get many repeat customers for this one!

This Carla purse features a fabric design that has been adapted from Kungka Inma (Dancing Woman), an original painting by Janet Nyunmitji Forbes.

The fabric is produced by Flying Fox Fabrics under license in collaboration with Papulankutja Artists. Printed in Australia.

Description

Fabric: Feature fabric is printed in Australia on linen/cotton.

W: 20 cm (8 inches)
H: 10 cm (4 inches)
D: 2 cm (0.75 inches)

Features

  • Magnetic clasp
  • 6 slip-in card pockets
  • Two full length pocket/compartments for notes
  • Zippered full length internal pocket
  • Can be washed gently by hand
  • Well made and long lasting

Our Carla purses are made by Kravan House, our partner social enterprise that has been employing, training, and supporting disabled artisans in Cambodia since 2003. It is one of Cambodia’s oldest social enterprises. Each Carla purse is handmade with love and care by employees of Kravan House, so please note that every purse is unique, and the placement of the fabric design is (slightly) different on each item.

Featured Fabric: Kungka Inma (Dancing Woman) by Janet Nyunmitji Forbes

Janet lives in the remote Aboriginal community Papulankutja (Blackstone) in the Ngaanyatjara Lands of Western Australia. Janet is a member of Papulankujta Artists. Janet has painted a woman or kunga dancing at her campsite. The kunga has customary women’s markings painted on her breasts for performing ceremonial dances. The campsite is identified by the fireplace (star in the middle) and wiltja – a traditional shade shelter made of branches. She is accompanied by her beloved dogs. Janet is an accomplished artist with a fine sense of colour and composition. Her artworks are often intricately layered. She is also a weaver.

Fabric printed by Next State Print in Melbourne.

Papulankutja Artists and Flying Fox Fabrics:

This Carla Purse features fabric from the collaboration between Papulankutja Artist and Flying Fox Fabrics. This collaboration has produced a vibrant range of digitally printed fabrics which feature original artworks from Papulankutja artists. The artist of each artwork is paid royalties for every metre printed.

Papulankutja Artists is a community-based, not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation governed by a committee of elected members. Papulankutja (Blackstone) is a community located within the Ngaanyatjarraku Shire Council, Western Australia and is approximately 800 km south west of Alice Springs, NT. The art centre supports local artists and those living in neighbouring community Mantamaru (Jameson), 70 km to the west.

Flying Fox Fabrics is a social enterprise based in Darwin. Flying Fox Fabrics specialises in ethically value-adding to fabric which is designed by First Nations people by making accessories, clothing, and homewares. Flying Fox Fabrics products are made in partnership with fair trade organisations in Cambodia that train and employ disables artisans. Their work is highly skilled and showcases the First Nations fabrics with great respect.