Babbarra Dress Tie – Wak (Black Crow Dreaming)

Ngarridj Derek Carter is wearing one of our limited edition dress ties.

Ngarridj Derek Carter is a Senior Artworker and Cultural Liaison at Maningrida Arts & Culture who started his career back in 1996. Derek is a Martay Burarra speaker and a member of the Balkarranga clan from Any.jola. Ngarridj works tirelessly for artists and designers in the Maningrida region and looks  great in a bow tie too! #doubledere

Artist: Deborah Wurrkidj
Medium: Screen print on cotton
Model: Derek Carter
Photography: Babbarra Women’s centre

Made in Australia

This painting depicts a sacred site at Kurrurldul, an outstation south of Maningrida.

The ‘rarrk’, or abstract crosshatching, on this work represents the design for the crow totem ancestor called Djimarr. Today this being exists in the form of a rock, which is permanently submerged at the bottom of Kurrurldul Creek. The Djimarr rock in the stream at Kurrurldul is said to move around and call out in a soft hooting tone at night. Both the stone itself and the area around it are considered sacred.

The imagery represents the Djimarr rock at the bottom of Kurrurldul creek – the final transmutation of the Djimarr ancestor being. It also references the crow design used in the sacred Mardayin ceremony, a large regional patrimoiety ceremony now rarely conducted in central and eastern Arnhem Land.