Bush Dyed Calico Bag
Bush Dyed Calico Tote bags are hand dyed on communities across the Groote Eylandt Archipelago.
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 may fade over time, 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.