Bush Dyed Silk Wrap
The silk wrap is 100% Habutai silk, hand dyed on Groote Eylandt, with a hand rolled hem. The wrap measures 230 x 87 cm. Hand Dyed on remote Aboriginal communities across the Groote Eylandt Archipelago, off the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Anindilyakwa women hold ancient knowledge of their country. Colours within the fabric are harvested from natural dyes from native plant life and discarded metal objects found on community.
The dying process begins with a bush trip that draws on traditional knowledge to find and collect roots, leaves, bark and berries that have always been used in traditional dyeing practices. The women carefully design each garment, binding each piece with leaves and found objects from community to place on the boil. It’s then time for a cuppa and to wait and watch the silk transform from white into a unique reflection of the land.
We make every effort to ensure colours display accurately online, however, display colour does vary.
This garment has been rinsed but not washed, we recommend cold hand washing separately with mild non-bleaching detergent or shampoo. Do not dry clean, tumble dry, soak in hot water or bleach. Due to the nature of the bush dyeing process, the colour of this product may transfer to other objects, we recommend avoiding contact with light coloured surfaces.