InjalakArts

Authentic & High Quality Aboriginal Art and Crafts

Oenpelli, Northern Territory | 2565 Sales

InjalakArts

Authentic & High Quality Aboriginal Art and Crafts

Oenpelli, Northern Territory 2565 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   Thanks for coming to visit us our Etsy Shop.
PLEASE NOTE: We will close our shop on 15th DECEMBER until 29th JANUARY 2019. The region we live in floods during the wet season so we take holidays for 6 weeks during that time. The only access to our community from December onwards is light aircraft so we can't take our shop with us! Sorry.
ABOUT US: We are a non-profit, fully Indigenous owned arts cooperative in remote Australia. Our 300 members make BEAUTIFUL arts and crafts and we also have a Cross-cultural Collaboration (CCC) Project with fair trade organisations in Cambodia that support disabled and disadvantage people. Injalak Arts is registered as a charity in Australia.
We opened this shop around mid 2016 and clocked up 290 sales and 31 lovely reviews before closing for end of year. It was a great way to make contact with our customers who can't visit Injalak Arts.
Since then things have gotten crazy and we're getting more famous, active, diverse and fabulous. You can see that we have achieved nearly 2,500 sales and have lots of 5 star ratings, plus had a few great little videos go viral.
ABOUT OUR FABRIC WORKSHOP: We hand screenprint daily and try to upload fresh images all the time. We are always changing up what we do - we have a choice of 47 fabric designs all created by our members, lots of different base cloths (all natural fibres) and two teams of printers - men and women. To keep us from being bored we're constantly trying different things so it's very likely a length will never be repeated.
WEAVINGS: Our mats are made in the community from organic fibres and dyes 100% locally sourced.
We are truly ethical and fair trade.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for notifications of sales and special offers.
https://www.facebook.com/injalakarts.gunbalanya/

Announcement

Last updated on 03 Dec, 2018

Thanks for coming to visit us our Etsy Shop.
PLEASE NOTE: We will close our shop on 15th DECEMBER until 29th JANUARY 2019. The region we live in floods during the wet season so we take holidays for 6 weeks during that time. The only access to our community from December onwards is light aircraft so we can't take our shop with us! Sorry.
ABOUT US: We are a non-profit, fully Indigenous owned arts cooperative in remote Australia. Our 300 members make BEAUTIFUL arts and crafts and we also have a Cross-cultural Collaboration (CCC) Project with fair trade organisations in Cambodia that support disabled and disadvantage people. Injalak Arts is registered as a charity in Australia.
We opened this shop around mid 2016 and clocked up 290 sales and 31 lovely reviews before closing for end of year. It was a great way to make contact with our customers who can't visit Injalak Arts.
Since then things have gotten crazy and we're getting more famous, active, diverse and fabulous. You can see that we have achieved nearly 2,500 sales and have lots of 5 star ratings, plus had a few great little videos go viral.
ABOUT OUR FABRIC WORKSHOP: We hand screenprint daily and try to upload fresh images all the time. We are always changing up what we do - we have a choice of 47 fabric designs all created by our members, lots of different base cloths (all natural fibres) and two teams of printers - men and women. To keep us from being bored we're constantly trying different things so it's very likely a length will never be repeated.
WEAVINGS: Our mats are made in the community from organic fibres and dyes 100% locally sourced.
We are truly ethical and fair trade.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for notifications of sales and special offers.
https://www.facebook.com/injalakarts.gunbalanya/

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We are going gang busters printing marebu (woven mats) design. These fabric have just come out of the oven where they have been heat set and you can now see this one ready to go up in the shop.
A beautiful new clutch made from hand screen printed Injalak fabric and made by our Cambodian fair trade partners. Stunning!

About

Quality arts, crafts and products made by Indigenous Australians

We are really pleased you have found us and are interested in our story!!

Injalak Arts is located in a tiny remote Aboriginal community (like an Indian reservation) called Gunbalanya in much larger tribal lands called "Arnhem Land" in the far north of Australia. The population is only 1200 people.

We are incorporated as a non-profit Association and we have around 300 active members - all Aboriginal people. It's basically a cooperative and is 100% Aboriginal owned. The association operates an 'art centre' in the little town (population around 1400) where we have a place for people to make arts and crafts (paintings, weavings, carvings), a fabric screen-printing workshop, office and retail outlet. We also run a tourism business in the dry season where our guides take guests to see ancient rock art galleries close to our art centre.

Our community is 300 km east of Darwin (capital city of the Northern Territory) and every year is cut off by floodwaters. It's a tropical climate and during the wet season the whole region floods and we become inaccessible by road. This is why it is critical for us to foster on-line sales. Our income plummets from November - May yet our members remain productive and want to sell their arts and crafts.

We are very famous for the rock art in the region. The Indigenous people who lived here for thousands of years loved to paint on the walls and ceilings of rock shelters using ochres. The imagery they use is distinctive and renowned worldwide. Our members, their descendants, are inspired by these designs in their contemporary art.

Most of our arts and crafts are traditional, made with local materials. In our fabric printing workshop we get the chance to have a lot of fun using different colors and the artists are more innovative in their designs. Our artists have designed all the fabric prints and we now have more than 40 designs we screen-print on fabric.

In 2013 we started a project with social enterprises (fair trade) in Cambodia. We supply our own hand-printed fabrics to ethical and talented artisans, most working for small organisations that support disadvantaged and often disabled Cambodian people. It began with small amounts of fabric printed at Injalak Arts taken in luggage to one organisation: Kravan (Blossom) House. We now work with five different enterprises and they make a gorgeous range of products from our fabrics. In our community we do not have the space or capacity to make bags and accessories to the high level of quality that the Cambodians do. Our members also love the idea that they are supporting poor people in another country through fair trade. We pay the producers very fairly (they set the prices). This project has grown a lot and we are currently working with a professional (who is working almost pro bono) to produce some short videos explaining the project and showing the people who benefit.

We are a team of two Aboriginal Co-Managers: Gabriel Maralngurra and Isaiah Nagurrgurrba and Mentor Manager (Felicity Wright), and a number of other staff, mainly Indigenous. Our Association is overseen by a Management Committee of nine with a wonderful chairperson: Donna Nadjamerrek. Kate is our arts administration officer and she takes care of our Etsy shop.

2017 promises to be an exciting year for us with the building of a new print workshop + archive space + cafe on our current site (next to our existing building).

Please check in with us regularly as we update our shop with lovely things weekly.

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Shop members

  • Injalak Arts

    Owner

    We are an Aboriginal owned non-profit artists' Association that began trading in 1989.

Production partners

  • A.N.D artisandesigner

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    A.N.D. is a Cambodian fair trade brand, working with local artisans to blend design development with traditional skills. They make bags and accessories for us.

  • Desart Inc.

    Alice Springs, NT

    The Association of Central Australian art centres

  • Etiko

    Port Melbourne, VIC

    Multi award winning ethical business established in 2015. Makes sure its products have verified ethical supply chain. Winner of Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Award for business 2016.

  • Finsbury Green

    Adelaide, SA

    Australia’s premier green printers with an unparalleled reputation printed the books for us. Strive for carbon neutral manufacturing.

  • Happy Silk

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    The lady artisans of Happy Silk handcraft the bags from our fabric

  • Kravan House

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Fair Trade social enterprise that employs disabled Cambodians. Kravan House makes a beautiful range of fabric products including bags and scarves. They have been making bags for Injalak Arts since 2013.

  • Villageworks

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    VillageWorks™ is more than handicrafts. The essence is really building the lives of the villagers. Behind every piece of work, you get the whole person and their family. Here, we invite our supporters to join us and help the villagers break free from their poverty cycle, and find hope in life.

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