On October 5, 2018, Anindilyakwa Arts project officers, Maicie Lalara and Annabel Amagula, along with Art Director, Aly de Groot, travelled overseas for the first time, to Indonesia, for several professional and skills development opportunities. First stop from their Island home was to another Island, Bali .to learn batik and plant dying techniques with Threads of Life, a fair-trade business that uses culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia.
The artists enjoyed learning the dye recipes, such as the use of the indigo plant to create many shades of blue and batik techniques passed down through generations.
“It’s interesting to learn about their culture,
their material is their culture.
Their culture is different to us, but same in some ways,
they have ceremony, but it’s different to us.
We both have animal culture, like dreaming,
they have animal spirits they put it in their fabric
and that fabric becomes the animal,
crocodile is my grandmothers dreaming,
blue is her favourite colour.
I can feel her here with me”
– Maicie Lalara
The next stop was Jakarta, where Anindilyakwa Arts designs featured on the catwalk on the main fashion stage at Jakarta Fashion week where selected designs from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fairs Fashion Show, From Country to Couture were featured as a part of the Australian Embassy’s showcase.
“Everything was different. I was so proud of myself and Bernadette and Annabel. Everything was amazing, sharing our art designs with another culture. The models were nice and really beautiful.”
Annabel was also impressed,
“We enjoyed ourselves, seeing the modelling of our designs. I liked seeing the other fashion, it was nice, and different and gives me ideas. They weave too, we saw big hats and different designs and colours”