2 m length hand screenprinted 'Hanky Linen' 55% linen/45% cotton (138 cm wide) This fabric is around 200 gsm and has good handle and resists creasing The base cloth is called 'Candy' and is a pale pink and it has been printed with a single screen of baby blue. The close ups are color accurate. The colors wash out when standing further back.
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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 designer: Gershom Garlngarr 1963-2014 Gershom was a member of Injalak Arts for many years. A master draftsman, Gershom’s designs are known for their fluid lines and finely balanced compositions.￼ HIs family now receives the royalties from his artworks.
This design shows kuluban (pteropus spp. or ying foxes) hanging from the branches of mandarl (Melaleuca viridi ora or paperbark) trees. In kudjewk, the wet season, the paperbark trees ower and the fruit bats come and lick the nectar from the blossoms. The slight inclination of the fruit bats’ heads towards the owers create a subtle sense of movement in this delicate design. Kuluban are a food source for the Kunwinjku people of Arnhem Land, and have a pungent smell and avour as the esh is infused by the animals’ diet. The old people used go into the big monsoon forests and throw sticks at them. They are silent in ight but can be raucous especially when feeding at night in the trees and when they return to roost before dawn.