Hand-printed fabrics

Selection of hand lino and screen printed fabrics from Babbarra Designs, Maningrida

We take great pride in the NT being the acknowledged leader in Indigenous designed and hand-printed fabrics and feature them at Provenance Arts.

The hand printed fabrics

We have the largest and most diverse display of hand-printed Aboriginal designed fabrics in Australia.

We have a 11 metre wall display of the best hand-printed Indigenous designed fabrics in Australia

In recent years Northern Australia has been experiencing a hand-printed fabric boom – with a growth in range, creativity and productivity. The Top End is becoming internationally famous for innovation, diversity and distinctively Indigenous fabric designs. Remote communities are now creating beautiful artwork/designs that are either lino printed or screen-printed onsite in their own remote community workshops or by Publisher Textiles in Sydney.

Sylvia Badari and Selina Nadjowh, fabric designers and printers at Injalak Arts hand screening ‘Marebu’ mat print.

Injalak Arts has been proud to be at the forefront of this and we have expertise in fabric printing with more than 40 designs in production. We source high-quality base cloth worldwide to print on. We have been providing support and mentoring to other art centres and is wonderful to see them grow and to celebrate their achievements and beautiful designs at Provenance Arts.

Women and men are creating fabric designs and also printing  designs in the community workshops.

Gracie Kumbi, talented fabric designer works through Merrepen Arts NT. One of her designs is featured on the windows of Provenance Arts.

We created an area of Provenance Arts devoted to hand-printed fabric and fabric products. With a floor to ceiling display you’ll love our fabric lengths, 2m lengths, bags, cushion covers and homewares.

Hand lino printed fabric by Raylene Bonson, Babbarra Designs.

Fabric display at Provenance Arts

The feature wall display at Provenance Arts displays hand-printed fabric from around the Top End

We wanted to show our love and respect for the hand-printed fabrics and so created an unique 11 metre floor to ceiling display to feature full lengths of fabrics and shorter lengths too. We have a small range of bespoke clothing made from hand-printed fabrics too.

Fabric products

In 2013 Injalak Arts began working with fair trade organisations in Cambodia on a Cross-Cultural Collaboration Project. The artists of Injalak Arts wanted to make their fabrics available to a wider audience – only selling lengths was limiting the market. It made sense to create high quality, hand-made products in partnership with groups that supported disadvantaged artisans. The Mentor Manager of Injalak Arts had worked as a volunteer Business Management consultant in Cambodia for two years so knew the organisations and their founders personally. The project has become very successful and Injalak Arts now works with five organisations: Kravan House, Villageworks, Happy Silk, A.N.D artisandesigner and Tabitha Foundation. A range of bags, cushion covers and purses is stocked at Provenance Arts.

The talented artisans of Kravan House in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a fair trade organisation that employs people with disabilities

Clothing

Everyone loves a good frock or a nice shirt, and having one made from hand-printed fabric is even nicer. The NT is becoming famous for the stunning outfits made by local designers and home sewers seen on social media. We strongly encourage people to have a go at making their own from the fabrics but realise that’s not possible for everyone.  Provenance Arts will carry a range of fair trade clothing sourced directly from art centres and fair trade organisations. We will start with a small range from Injalak Arts and hand-printed t-shirts. We also have a register of talented professional garment makers around the country who can do beautiful things with our fabrics.

Looking gorgeous in the escarpment around Gunbalanya in ‘Many Cheeky Dogs’ fabric hand-printed at Injalak Arts

Fabric printing communities stocked