YAWKYAWK (YOUNG WOMAN SPIRIT)
YAWKYAWK (YOUNG WOMAN SPIRIT) By Sonia Namarnyilk 2012
Our iconic design by Sonia Namarnyilk, a four screen design that is so beautiful that it is often used for wall panels. This design was created over 3 years during intensive textile design workshops with Bobbie Ruben.
Yawkyawk is a word from the Aboriginal Kunwinjku language, meaning ‘young woman’ and ‘young woman spirit being’.
Sometimes compared to the European notion of mermaids, yawkyawks are usually depicted with the tails of fish. They have long hair, associated with trailing blooms of algae, typically found in Arnhem Land streams and rock pools.
Hand Printed by Publisher Textiles (Four unique screens)
100% Natural cotton canvas