This week we are continuing our focus on remote Indigenous communities, with a close look at the inspiring artists of the Bábbarra's Women's Centre in Arnhem Land.
Aren't these designs beautiful? We had them with us at the Finders Keepers Market last weekend - they were very popular!
Here are the boys, handprinting the pattern in our studio in Leichhardt.
The Bábbarra studio is located on the Northern coast of Australia, at the very top of the Northern Territory. Arnhem land home to over 2500 Indigenous Australians with 12 distinct language groups. They range over a wide area of land, with over 100 tribes, and share their beaches, mangroves, bush and rivers with a huge variety of wildlife - including huge, salt water crocodiles!
The centre was originally established as a women's refuge in 1983. In the video below you can hear the importance of the work and educational opportunities offered to these women by the community centre. They grow, and develop strength and inspiration through their art and their work.
The Bábbarra studio does screen and linocut printing, and has a team of sewers in house. So they design, print and sew their patterns, all in their community!
Through their arts and textiles, the Babbara women create income for their families and support women within their communities. They also form ties of friendship and family.
If you wish to buy Babbarra products, they sell them on their website, where you can also learn more about their community. Alternatively, come and visit us in Leichhardt, or at our next market for the full range of indigenous designs that we are making. Click here to check out our online range.
Next time we will continue our exploration of regional Australia.
Until then, happy shopping!
The Publisher Textiles Team
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