Bush Dyed Calico Bag by Annabell Amagula

Bush Dyed Calico Bag by Annabell Amagula

About the Bush Dye Collection


"The old people teach us to collect colour to dye pandanus for weaving. Roots, leaves and bark. Now we also bush dye new ways with fabrics. When people hold bush dye, they can feel our country, the spirit of the old people" - Annabel Amagula.


Hand wash with cold water. Natural pigments may transfer and fade. 


About the artist: Annabell Amagula


“I grew up in Angurugu, I grew up with my father and mother, when I was 6 year old I would sit and watch my grandmother make bush bags from pandanas. When I was 10 I started making baskets. When I was 12 my great great grandmother would take us out to collect the colours for pandanas, that’s how I learned, from my elders.I used to watch my father paint and I learned to paint copying my father.When we at the art fair (DAAF) and I see everyone going crazy for our t-shirts and scarf, I feel happy and proud. It comes from our country, I like wearing it and it’s good they like wearing it too.


Community: Angurugu, NT

Language: Anindilyakwa

Father Country: AMALANGA

Mother Country: AMAYA


  • Description

    Made at Anindilyakwa Arts, Groote Eylandt NT


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