Manwak Woven Cushion

MANWAK – Artist: Deborah Wurrkidj.

This beautiful product is part of the 2020 Kip&Co × Bábbarra special edition, a collaboration that has been two years in the making. The collection showcases the contemporary art of seven incredible artists from Bábbarra Women’s Centre in Maningrida, and each artwork tells the ancestral stories of Arnhem Land countries and cultures. Bábbarra and Kip&Co divide all profits from this collaboration equally, so 50% of profits will return to the Bábbarra Women’s Centre. Bábbarra is governed by women, for women, to enable future enterprises that support healthy and sustainable livelihoods.

100% Cotton. 50 × 50 cm. Insert included & made from 100% PET recycled fibres.

Tips to stay beautiful

  • Hand wash separately
  • No dry cleaning, please

Manwak design story:

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

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