– Our Bush Dyeing Practice –

Bernadette Watt Aboriginal Artist

“Dyeing is good fun. It makes the women come together and chat while we dye. They really enjoy doing it.”

- Bernadette Watt
Senior Project Officer & Artist

 

A day at the art centre often begins with a bush trip to collect leaves, roots, berries and firewood. The women sit together, often by the sea or Angurugu River and design each garment, carefully placing leaves to make patterns and markings on the fabric before placing them into the dyepots full of the gathered plant materials. It’s then time for a cuppa and to wait and watch the silk transform into a unique reflection of Anindilyakwa land. As the women’s bush dyeing practice evolves, new plants are experimented with and new dyes are created.

“To me the scarves look like the rocks and all the different layers of the land, the trees and the bush. The spirits live all around in the trees and though the bush and when you are near the caves you can feel them floating. You can see these colours in the paintings in the caves, on the rock walls and when you sit there and look by yourself you can feel all the spirits moving”
Bernadette Watt

First we start putting some patterns with leaves then we wrap it up with strings around some metal
First we start putting some patterns with leaves then we wrap it up with strings around some metal
Then we start boiling it - we wait for a while and have a cuppa
Then we start boiling it - we wait for a while and have a cuppa
Bernadette Watt Aboriginal Artist
Then we take it out and start rinsing it out - this is when we get to see the colour
Then we hang it up on the line for it to dry - sometimes in wet season we dry it inside
Then we hang it up on the line for it to dry - sometimes in wet season we dry it inside
Maise Lalara, Elsie Bara, Josina Manarika & Celina Maminyamaaja
Maise Lalara, Elsie Bara, Josina Manarika & Celina Maminyamaaja
Deserall Lalara, Annabell Amagula, Letoria Yulidjirri, Shana Wurramara, Bernadette Watt & Tammy Lalara
Deserall Lalara, Annabell Amagula, Letoria Yulidjirri, Shana Wurramara, Bernadette Watt & Tammy Lalara

– North Sleepwear Collaboration –

In July 2017 we collaborated with NORTH Home to produce a range of 100% silkwear featuring our bush dyed silk.

This collection was launched at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and featured in Cool Hunting (NYC), Broadsheet, SundayLife, Accidental Discharge Magazine & Territory Q.

 

"There was a lot of people buying silk from us at the art fair, it was hard work. We were happy and it was exciting to see people wearing our art. We were all wearing our scarves and sarongs too. It's exciting when people buy things from us - they really liked the little tops and short trousers from NORTH. I like them too."
Deserell Lalara

 

 

Image: Elise Derwin
Image: Elise Derwin

– Shop Bush Dyed Scarves, Clothing & Homewares –

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s) - Bush Dyed Textiles - Janet Bara

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s)

$140.00

Janet Bara

18 x 27 cm 19-2340
Baby Wear Singlet - Baby Wear - Bernadette Watt

Baby Wear Singlet

$30.00

Bernadette Watt

3-6 Months 17-4407
Bush Dyed 100% Silk Scarf - Bush Dyed Textiles - Lucy Bara

Bush Dyed 100% Silk Scarf

$130.00

Lucy Bara

230 x 87 cm 18-5339
Bush Dyed 100% Silk Scarf - Bush Dyed Textiles - Bernadette Watt

Bush Dyed 100% Silk Scarf

$130.00

Bernadette Watt

230 x 87 cm 19-1083
Bush Dyed 100% Silk Scarf - Bush Dyed Textiles - Josetta Jaragba

Bush Dyed 100% Silk Scarf

$130.00

Josetta Jaragba

230 x 87 cm 18-5387
Bush Dyed Baby Onesie - Bush Dyed Clothing - Bernadette Watt

Bush Dyed Organic Cotton Baby Onesie

$40.00

Bernadette Watt

0-3 months 18-3267
Bush Dyed Baby Onesie - Bush Dyed Clothing - Sharna Wurramara

Bush Dyed Organic Cotton Baby Onesie

$40.00

Sharna Wurramara

6-12 months 18-3251
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf - Bush Dyed Scarves - Selina Maminyamanja

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf

$190.00

Selina Maminyamanja

180 x 270 cm 17-3162
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf - Bush Dyed Scarves - Maicie Lalara

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf

$190.00

Maicie Lalara

180 x 270 cm 17-3371
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s) - Bush Dyed Textiles - Gertrude Wurrawilya

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s)

$140.00

Gertrude Wurrawilya

18 x 27cm 19-2155
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s) - Bush Dyed Textiles - Annabell Amagula

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s)

$140.00

Annabell Amagula

18 x 27cm 19-2261
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s) - Bush Dyed Textiles - Shianne Lalara

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s)

$140.00

Shianne Lalara

18 x 27 cm 19-2426
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s) - Bush Dyed Textiles - Shianne Lalara

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s)

$140.00

Shianne Lalara

18 x 27cm 19-2146
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s) - Bush Dyed Textiles - Georgina Mamarika

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s)

$140.00

Georgina Mamarika

18 x 27cm 19-2191
Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s) - Bush Dyed Textiles - Tammy Lalara

Bush Dyed Satin Silk Scarf (s)

$140.00

Tammy Lalara

18 x 27cm 19-2245
Bush Dyed Silk Scarf - Scarf - Deserall Lalara

Bush Dyed Silk Scarf

$130.00

Deserall Lalara

160 x 40 cm 17-1172
Bush Dyed Silk Wool Scarf - Bush Dyed Textiles - Elsie  Bara

Bush Dyed Silk Wool Scarf

$190.00

Elsie Bara

19-2706
Bush Dyed Silk Wool Scarf - Bush Dyed Scarves - Sharna Wurramara

Bush Dyed Silk Wool Scarf

$190.00

Sharna Wurramara

180 cm x 32 cm 17-3943
Bush Dyed Silk Wrap - Bush Dyed Textiles - Sharna Wurramara

Bush Dyed Silk Wrap

$240.00

Sharna Wurramara

230 x 87 cm 18-4225
Bush Dyed Silk Wrap - Bush Dyed Scarves - Emily Lalara

Bush Dyed Silk Wrap

$240.00

Emily Lalara

230 x 87 cm 17-2474
Bush Dyed Women's T-Shirt - Bush Dyed Clothing - Annabell Amagula

Bush Dyed Women’s T-Shirt

$50.00

Annabell Amagula

Medium 19-573
Bush Dyed Mens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed T-shirts - Jeanelle Mamarika

Bush Dyed Women’s T-shirt

$50.00

Jeanelle Mamarika

Medium 18-2157
Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed Clothing - Lucy Bara

Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt

$50.00

Lucy Bara

Large 18-2560
Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed Clothing - Elsie  Bara

Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt

$50.00

Elsie Bara

Large 18-757
Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed Clothing - Vera  Lalara

Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt

$50.00

Vera Lalara

Large 18-760
Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed Clothing - Nalisha Wurrawilya

Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt

$50.00

Nalisha Wurrawilya

Large 18-1169
Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed T-shirts - Sharna Wurramara

Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt

$50.00

Sharna Wurramara

Small 18-652
Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed T-shirts - Macreena Bara

Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt

$50.00

Macreena Bara

Medium 19-542
Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt - Bush Dyed T-shirts - Trisilla Mamarika

Bush Dyed Womens T-Shirt

$50.00

Trisilla Mamarika

Medium 18-2181