Morning Star Scarf
In 2017 Anindilyakwa Arts launched their first Bush Dye fashion collection, including plant dyed garments along with accessories woven from reclaimed ghost nets and recycled textiles such as earrings, bags and baskets on the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair ‘Country to Couture’ catwalk. Every year since, artists have been creating an annual fashion collection to be debuted at this event that has come to attract national and international audiences.
Collaborating with Darwin textile artist Anna Reynolds, Warnumamalya artists now also incorporate digital textile designs into their fashion collection pieces. Elements from each artist’s artworks, country and culture are photographed then manipulated in design software to create an exclusive design.
In 2021 this concept expanded to an exclusive digital printed scarf range, printed on a selection of beautiful silks.
“Morning star has lots of stories. We dance morning star. I choose to make my fabric with morning star because its my cultures way of making things. I’m a Mamarika and morning star is for Mamarika. Old people used to sing morning star and we dance morning star darba darba. If the morning starcomes and it goes down we dance for the star. We make the star happy when we dance with her. And sometimes when the old people dance the Mamarika song darba daraba we make the ancestors happy”.
Story told by Edith Mamarika