This beautiful hand bush dyed silk menswear shirt from Anindilyakwa Arts is soft to the touch and wonderful to wear. Made from the secret dye recipes of the master craftswomen of Groote Eylandt, these unique pieces bring the botanical DNA and spirit of Groote Eylandt direct to your wardrobe.
Anindilyakwa women hold ancient knowledge of their country. Colours within the fabric are harvested from natural dyes from native plant life and discarded metal objects found on community.
The dying process begins with a bush trip that draws on traditional knowledge to find and collect roots, leaves, bark and berries that have always been used in traditional dyeing practices. The women carefully design each garment, binding each piece with leaves and found objects from community to place on the boil. It’s then time for a cuppa and to wait and watch the silk transform from white into a unique reflection of the land.
This garment has been rinsed but not washed, we recommend cold hand washing separately with mild non-bleaching detergent or shampoo. Do not dry clean, tumble dry, soak in hot water or bleach.
Due to the nature of the bush dyeing process, the colour of this product may transfer to other objects, we recommend avoiding contact with light coloured