Kunmadj (Dilly Bags) – Everyday Dress

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: Kun-Madj (Dilly Bag)
By Linda Gurawana (Djinang)
From Babbarra Women’s Centre

Kun-madj is the Kuninjku term for large woven collecting baskets, known as dillybags. They are often made from the burney vine (Malaisia scandens), a strong, pliable plant that grows along the ground and into the canopy of monsoon vine thickets. The baskets are used to collect a variety of heavy foods, such as fish caught in conical fish traps or a good harvest of yams. As well as being of practical use, dillybags are of cultural significance to Arnhem Land people. Dillybags are totemic objects and they are associated with particular sites in the landscape.

Hand printed as a 3 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.

Hand printed and made in Sydney.