Manwak (Mumeka Blooms) – Doris Day Dress

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All profits from this sale go back to the artist Susan Marawarr and towards the running of Babbarra Women’s Centre.

This 60s inspired shift dress is an easy to wear, comfortable every day dress. This flattering A-line shape finishes just above the knee and features mid length sleeves and two scoop side pockets.

by Deborah Wurrkidj, Babbarra Women’s Centre

Manwak grows near Mumeka creek, on the artist’s homeland. This beautiful large flower blooms during the mandjelk (wet season). It has deep green petals with a central red kernel which swells to the size of a berry. It is known for its long, sweeping petals which seem to dance in the winds. By dry season, the inside kernel resembles a strawberry in appearance and flavour, but is also very spicy so it burns our mouth. Kids and adults pick these berries enthusiastically when walking or going hunting on my country. The inside of the flowers are eaten fresh, a favourite manme (bush food) of our people. “When I was painting this Manwak story, I was painting in Maningrida. In my head I was dreaming of being on my homeland, eating ripe Manwak berries”- Deborah Wurrkidj

Model: Jesseleah Darcy
Fabric: Jersey Cotton
Jesseleah is wearing a size S
Photography by Babbarra Women’s Centre

Treat this handmade garment with love and it will love you back! Cold machine wash, drip dry in shade, warm iron. Avoid the tumble dryer and dry cleaner.Being handmade there may be some print variations, making each garment unique.

Hand printed and made in Australia