Mankodbe (Bush Onion) – Ingrid Top

This item has been made in collaboration with Publisher Textiles, Sydney.

Named “Colours of Country” each design and colourway has been selected by the Bàbbarra women to reflect the colours of their country during wet season and dry season.

Designed with comfort in mind this loose fit t-shirt features three quarter length bat-wing sleeves and short waistline.

Print: Mankodbe (Bush Onion)
By Lennie Goya-Airra (Kune)
From Babbarra Women’s Centre

Mankotbe (bush onion) grows under the ground, we follow the vine to dig it up. It is brown on the outside and white inside and we cook it on the fire, just like a potato. All the old people used to eat Mankotbe on my homeland. My grandmother showed me how to find that plant and the first time I ate so much my mouth got sore! You can’t be too greedy.

This design brings back good memories for me. I used to eat Mankotbe when I was young and living at my homeland Buluhkaduru. In those old times, my house was made of paper bark and sticks. If we wanted to come into town we had to walk, and it’s a long walk, so we would fill our dilly bags with sugar bag honey, Mankotbe and long yams to eat on the way. They were good times for me.

You can find Mankotbe any time of the year- the plant has big black leaves. When you find one onion, you know there is big mob around- they are always connected by a big long vine underground

Audrey Top

  • Three-quarter length batwing sleeves
  • Short waistline

Hand printed as a 1 colour print on black 100% Australian milled cotton jersey.

Treat this handmade garment with love and it will love you back! Cold hand 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.