Vanessa Dress – Bawáliba


This versatile dress features a draw string waist and a relaxed comfortable fit. Perfect for throwing on and matching with a pair of sandals in summer or layering up with tights and jackets in winter.

Print: Bawáliba (Spirit Woman)
By: Lucy Yarawanga
From Babbarra Women’s Centre

Hand printed in our studio in Leichhardt as a 2 colour print on natural 60% linen 40% cotton. Being handmade there may be some print variations, making each garment unique.

$260.00

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Treat this handmade garment with love and it will love you back! Cold machine wash, drip dry in shade, warm iron. Avoid the tumble dryer and dry cleaner.

This is the Dreaming of my mother and my uncles. These spirits are called Bawáliba. A long time ago they used to go out hunting. That’s in Ranger station near the airport (mum and uncle from further this way to Jingarr). Their homeland. They used to go out hunting with dilly bags and digging sticks. They used to collect a lot of bush foods, and sleep together with one bark shelter. Sometimes they come alive when we sleep, they come in the house when we sleep and peep through the window and we looked them with white clay (gapan) and red cloth tied around. We get up to look but they have disappeared. They are really tall. They are like human beings, like us. They dance and have a lot of hair. They are carrying fish traps and digging sticks.

They are good spirits, they protect us and they recognise families. They might knock on the window to remind us they are there looking out for us. You can hear them whisper, sometimes they talk about us and might say, ‘why are they making a house here?’ Then they say to each other, ‘This family are from here, it’s ok, they are sleeping here for the night’. During the day they turn into stone and they sleep. When you see that green rock, that’s Bawáliba.

select-size

Size XS, Size S, Size M, Size L, Size XL

Garment Measurements

SIZE BUST WAIST

(RELAXED)

HIP LENGTH
XS 96cm 85cm 102cm 104cm
S 102cm 90cm 106cm 104cm
M 106cm 95cm 112cm 104cm
L 112cm 100cm 116cm 104cm
XL 116cm 105cm 122cm 104cm

* Measurements are taken from the garment and may vary slightly. Measurements are taken based on average body proportions.

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