Akaburrakajinama at Aboriginal Bush Traders, Darwin


On Friday night,Akaburrakajinama opened at Aboriginal Bush Traders, a collection of bush dyed homewares from Groote Eylandt.


Akaburrakajinama (meaning ‘Lights On’ in Anindilyakwa language) is a striking showcase of the innovation and diversity of practice of Anindilyakwa artists. The exhibition brings the natural palette and subtle aesthetic already so popular across the bush dyed jewellery and quintessential scarf ranges, to intriguing and unique statement homewares that will surprise and delight.

The master craftswomen of Anindilyakwa Arts bring their bush dying and weaving knowledge to a new range of gorgeous homewares. Stunning lampshades, bed linen, giant ghost net laundry baskets, upholstered home decor and accessories bring the botanical DNA and spirit of Groote Eylandt direct to the home.


Vera Lalara & Elsie bara flew into Darwin for the opening to demonstrate how bush dye magic is mad by sharing the unique process used by Anindilyakwa women to bring the colours of country into silk.

Thank you to all who joined us on the night, for those who couldn't make it the wonderful team at Aboriginal Bush Traders in Darwin have put the collection online, available Australia wide. Shop the Akaburrakajinama collection online through Aboriginal Bush Traders.


"We are sharing our world.
When you sit in that bush dye chair or sleep in the blanket,
even if you have never been to our island,
you can feel something.
The spirit from the old people.
You can learn about our culture."

- Vera Lalara, Anindilyakwa artist.

Vera Lalara preparing bush dyed silk
Vera Lalara preparing bush dyed silk
Vera Lalara preparing silk for bush dyeing
Vera Lalara preparing silk for bush dyeing