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% French Flax Linen. Packaged in a reusable fabric drawstring bag.
Tips to stay beautiful
- Hand or gentle machine wash separately, inside out
- No dry cleaning, please
Kunkurra (Spiral Wind) design story:
‘My designs, they are all alive living up in my head’- Janet Marawarr
Janet Marawarr has depicted kunkurra, the spiralling wind associated with several sites in the Kardbam clan. On one level, this design can be interpreted as a depiction of the kinds of mini-cyclones common during the wet season in Arnhem Land, where the artist lives. Kunkurra also relates specifically to a site called Bilwoyinj, near Mankorlod, on the artist’s clan estate.
At this site, two of the most important Kuninjku creation beings, a father and son known as na-korrkko, are believed to have hunted and eaten a goanna. They left some of the goanna fat behind at the site, which turned into the rock that still stands there today.
Bilwoyinj site is also a ceremonial ground for a ceremony called Yabbaduruwa, a major ceremony owned by the Yirridja patrimoiety. The Yabbaduruwa ceremony is primarily concerned with initiation, land ownership and promoting the cyclical regeneration of the human and natural worlds.