2m length hand screen printed linen cotton (140cm wide) This 'Hanky' linen is 55% linen and 45% cotton The base cloth is slate grey and there are two screens, the first is pink ink to print the fishing nets and the top screen is light grey fish.
Fabric designed and hand-printed by our members in our workshop in Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land, NT. The artist is paid a royalty of $5 for every metre of their design printed.
The design: Walabi (fishing net). In the old days walabi (fishing nets) were used to catch djenj (fish) in the creeks, channels and river mouths of Western Arnhem Land. The mesh of the nets is woven and knotted from ‘bush string’ made from different plants such as mankulurrudj (sand palm), manburnde (banyan) roots or manbudbud (kurrajong) bark. Holding the net in shape is bush cane. This design features small fishing nets that were used to catch little aquatic creatures such as namarddakka (nail fish) and wakih (freshwater shrimp). Old ladies remember as children they would splash the water so the fish would move towards the trap and be scooped out with the net.