Manwak (Mumeka Blooms) – Emma Skirt, Yellow

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.

Classic, simple and perfect for everyday, this skirt is a year round favourite. Featuring an A-line shape, deep side pockets and finishing on the knee.

Pair this versatile skirt with a simple tee and sandals in summer or layer up with a cardie and boots in winter.

Print: Manwak (Mumeka Blooms)
By Deborah Wurrkidj
From 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

Hand printed as a 3 colour print on navy 100% cotton drill.

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 Sydney.

This artwork has been sold.