NORTH Sleepwear – Robe
At the 2017 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair a collection of bush dyed sleepwear was launched in collaboration with NORTH. NORTH is a non-for-profit social enterprise existing to celebrate Indigenous textiles from the top end.
The Silk Robe is a loose, one size fits all piece that is perfect for lounging. Featuring a drop shoulder with wide, elbow length sleeves – it can be worn open or wrapped up and tied comfortably at the waist.
Each piece from this collection is hand sewn in Australia from 100% silk.
This robe is lovingly dyed by Anindilyakwa women who live proudly on communities across the Groote Eylandt Archipelago.
Anindilyakwa women hold ancient knowledge of their country. The dying process begins with a bush trip that draws on this knowledge to find and collect roots, leaves, bark and berries that have always been used in traditional dyeing practices.
Back on community, these are boiled in a big drum on a camp fire while the women wrap the silk carefully around leaves and found objects. 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 colour may 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.