Akaburrakajinama (meaning ‘Lights On’ in the Anindilyakwa language spoken in the Groote Eylandt archipelago) is a striking showcase of the innovation and diversity of practice of Anindilyakwa artists. An exhibition which brings the natural palette and subtle aesthetic already so popular across their much-loved bush dyed jewellery and quintessential scarf ranges, to intriguing and unique statement homewares that will surprise and delight.
The master craftswomen of Anindilyakwa Arts bring their bush dying and weaving knowledge to a new range of gorgeous homewares. Stunning lampshades, bed linen, giant ghost net laundry baskets, upholstered home decor and accessories bring the botanical DNA and spirit of Groote Eylandt direct to the home.
"We are sharing our world. When you sit in that bush dye chair or sleep in the blanket, even if you have never been to our island, you can feel something. The spirit from the old people. You can learn about our culture." Vera Lalara, Anindilyakwa artist.
Anindilyakwa Arts’ foray into a comprehensive bush dyed homewares collection is an Indigenous Art Centre first and an exciting direction in the ongoing development of sustainable creative industries and economic opportunities for artists living in the communities of Umbakumba, Milyakburra and Angurugu in eastern Arnhem Land.
“Aboriginal Bush Traders is thrilled to be hosting this incredible and innovative exhibition that highlights the extensive of botanical/cultural knowledge and weaving skills of artists from Groote Eylandt. Intensive ongoing experimentation utilising bush dying chemistry and inter-disciplinary construction techniques, put artists from Anindilyakwa at the forefront of what is currently happening within the top end Indigenous textiles movement.” Elizabeth Martin, Gallery Coordinator, Aboriginal Bush Traders.