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Delia Bag – Women’s Body Painting

$95.00 inc. GST

Delia bags have a sleek form and adjustable strap making them a very practical and stylish bag. Delias are one of our customers’ top picks!

This Delia bag features a digitally printed fabric design based on an original artwork by Anawari Inpiti Mitchell from Papulankutja Artists in the Ngaanyatjara Lands of Western Australia. 

This Delia bag features fabric 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.

H: 27cm (12.6 inch)
W: 24cm (9.5 inch)
Base: 6cm (2.4 inch)

Features

  • Fully lined
  • Zip closure
  • Adjustable strap
  • Can be worn on the shoulder or cross body
  • Two front, external zipper pockets
  • Internal zip pocket
  • Two internal pockets
  • Quality notions

Our Delia bags are made by Women for Women, our partner foundation based in Cambodia. Women for Women prides itself in providing opportunities and skills that empower Cambodian women and girls to be leaders in their community. Each Delia Bag is handmade with love and care by the women of Women for Women, so please note that every bag is unique, and the placement of the fabric design is different on each item.

Featured Fabric: Women’s Body Painting by Anawari Inpiti Mitchell

Women’s ceremonial business is expressed through song, dance and mark making. This is how it has always been done, this is how the ancestors taught us.

This painting depicts the body painting designs applied to women’s breasts and limbs prior to ceremonies. The linear patterns follow the curve lines of the women’s the breasts. The many lines represent the movement of the women
as they dance during ceremony. After smearing their bodies with animal fat, they trace these designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs with ochres and charcoal singing as each woman takes turns to be ‘painted up’.

The ceremonial songs relate to Tjukurpa (Dreamtime Creation Stories) and stories of ancestral travel, plants, animals, landscape and the forces of nature.

Papulankutja Artists and Flying Fox Fabrics:

This Nancy Bag 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.