The internal compartment is quite spacious and fully lined. Externally there are two more pockets secured with zips. Each one goes to the full depth of the bag. Adjustable shoulder strap that is sewn securely to the body of the bag so very strong. Fittings are brass and durable.
H: 25 cm (10 inch)
W: 19 cm (7.5 inch)
Fabric: Cotton. Lining and matching fabric is linen/cotton.
Color: As shown on straps, reverse of bag is green. Lining is as shown.
Fabric Designer: Robyn Djunginy
Djunginy was born in 1947 to father, acclaimed artist, Ngulmarmar and sister to artists George Milpurrurru and Charlie Djurritjni. Djunginy is renowned for her contribution to Contemporary Indigenous Art, being one of the first Ramingining women to showcase her weaving skills on a global scale.
Djunginy was best known for her pandanus dyed and woven bottles and painted bottle form which has been the predominate motif throughout Djunginy’s work. The inspiration for this motif arose while living at Mulgurrum outstation, where several Italian Chianti bottles existed in the community. Encouraged to weave these bottles by then art curator of Bula’Bula Arts Djon Mundine, Djuniny’s bottles were soon acquired by many public institutions and private collections.
The bottle motif is also in reference to Djunginy’s mother’s group the Marrangu Djinang, where the bottles, shaped like beehives, represent the honey story in Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land. In contrast, the woven bottle motif is also representative to the use and misuse of alcohol in all communities, remote and urban.
Djunginy’s bottle motif is also depicted in painted form, however, the painted bottles were representations of the swampland in Ramingining, with the bottles referencing bark canoes gliding through the swamp water, and painted in traditional rarrk design.
Djunginy’s first exhibition was held in 1983 at the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne. Successfully awing the audience with the detail and colour of the woven bottles, her bottles were then featured in the 1998 Sydney Biennale, showcasing Indigenous weaving as Contemporary Art.
Djunginy won the National NAIDOC 2011 Artist of the Year Award. Djunginy was commissioned for the 2013 Exhibition String Theory: Focus on Contemporary Art, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW for her woven bottles. The show received rave reviews from the public and critics alike.
Djunginy experienced great success both nationally and internationally. With over 30 group exhibitions, and work in numerous public and private collections, Djunginy’s artworks remain highly collectible.
Flying Fox Fabrics makes these bags in partnership with social enterprises in Cambodia. The Serena bags are made by Kravan House.
Kravan House trains, employs and supports disabled artisans and has been doing so since 2003 when founder Thanan Hok founded it.
Limited Edition: All our products are made in small batches as all the fabrics are handprinted in very limited quantities, sometimes no more than 2 metres.
Please note that each bag is unique and the placement of the fabric design is different and wonderful on each item.