As Indigenous women we are proud to support our community by buying their gorgeous fabric designs. We purchase our Indigenous fabric from The Aboriginal Fabric Gallery in the Northern Territory.
All Aboriginal designed fabrics that the Aboriginal Fabric Gallery stock are from original paintings. These are purchased from the artists specifically for the purpose of fabric printing and public use. The artists receives royalties.
Family & Country
by Damian and Yilpi Marks
This is a teaching painting, describing a dry season in Mount Liebig, in the Northern Territory. Women and children collect bush potatoes and prepare for “inma” (ceremony). A man, “wati”, sits down with his “waru” (spear). Controlled burnings are taking place as the spinifex is dry, and this means good fruits can grow.
Gatherings by the River
By Barbara Egan
Aboriginal people are regarded as the land owners of Australia. Their respect towards land is considered to be more than a place. They respect every mountain, river, waterhole, tree, animal etc. and they consider them as a part of their living. Aboriginal ancestors are believed to be the creators of all the land and objects that are essential in day-to-day’s life.
Traditional Aboriginal laws of food hunting involves bush food, sea food, wild life hunting etc. However, they never do anything to hoard or spoil the nature of their environment. They honour their ancestral lands and the teachings from those ancestors. In many occasions, Aboriginal people gather near the river for various ceremonial rituals, where they perform dances, rock-art, story-telling etc.
Barbara ss a Mati Mati woman from Balranald. She runs and organises an Aboriginal Art Centre in a large shed in Robinvale in the North west of Victoria, by the Murray River. Barbara is the oldest of 10 chilldren and was born on the Murray Downs station.
With her connection towards her land of Robinvale and the Murray River, she would never move out from there.
Bush Dreamings of Utopia
Tanya Price is a well-known Aboriginal designer. Tanya comes from a famous artist family in Utopia, northern territory.
Tanya Price has lived in Utopia all her life. She knows the area very well and many of the famous artists of Utopia are related to her. She grew up in Utopia with her family, friends, spinifex and other trees. There is an abundance of Dreamtime bush plum trees with yellow and red fruits. One cannot miss the waterholes guarded by wild floral plants. The colours of the floral plants are predominantly reddish and yellow.
by Josie Cavanagh
Meeting places are very important in Aboriginal culture. Elders and other meet together to discuss the well being of the community. All these gatherings address one or the other interactive insights into the traditional skills, ancient stories and day to day life of the Aboriginal people. The heads of the community will add their cultural experiences by sharing their mesmerised stories of ancient ancestors which are represented through their drawings. These gatherings provide an opportunity to come together to celebrate and consolidate their traditional cultural practices and identity.
Josie has depicted the meeting colourfully. Various circles in the artwork represents the waterholes and the people sitting around the circle to discuss their community matters.
By Audrey Nungarrai
Audrey was painting with the other Artists. She likes community painting. She was living with little sisters at a camp in Alice Springs. Water Dreaming has been passed down to other Artists very friendly way. This dreaming (Rain Dreaming) was passed down by her father. It relates directly to her traditional country. The big curves represent the flood waters (Ngawarra) and the small circles represent water storages (Mulju). This is ceremony where all their ancestors return home to this sacred site.
By Roseanna Morton
The white dots represent the drinking water for the kangaroos. The dotted lines between the waterholes are the paths the kangaroos travel.