Kunkurra (Spiral Wind) – Audrey Top

This item has been made in collaboration with Publisher Textiles, Sydney. Bàbbarra has been working with Publisher since 2009 when the demand for our fabric went beyond our ability to produce.

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.

Print: Kunkurra (Spiral Wind)
By Janet Marawarr (Kuninkju)
From Bábbarra Women’s Centre

Janet Marawarr has depicted Kunkurra, the spiralling wind associated with several sites in the Kardbam clan. On one level, this design can be interpreted as a depiction of the kinds of mini-cyclones common during the wet season in Arnhem Land, where the artist lives. Kunkurra also relates specifically to a site called Bilwoyinj, near Mankorlod, on the artist’s clan estate.

At this site, two of the most important Kuninjku creation beings, a father and son known as na-korrkko, are believed to have hunted and eaten a goanna. They left some of the goanna fat behind at the site, which turned into the rock that still stands there today. The word Bilwoyinj, which is the name of this site, also refers to the fat of the goanna. Bilwoyinj site is also a ceremonial ground for a ceremony called Yabbaduruwa, a major ceremony owned by the Yirridja patrimoiety. The Yabbaduruwa ceremony is primarily concerned with initiation, land ownership and promoting the cyclical regeneration of the human and natural worlds.

Audrey Top

  • flared mid length sleeves
  • flattering boat neck
  • tailored darts
  • long waistline

Hand printed as a 3 colour print on natural cotton linen (55% linen 45% cotton).

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.

Hand printed and made in Australia.