Australian First Nations Fabric Lampshade: Bawáliba ( Spirit Woman)
This lampshade is handmade from hand printed Australian Aboriginal fabric, Bawáliba ( Spirit Woman) from Babbarra Designs based in Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The shade measured 30cm wide by 40cm high
This fabric was designed and hand-printed by the artists of Babbarra Designs in Maningrida, NT
Bawáliba ( Spirit Woman)
This fabric was designed and hand-printed at Babbarra Designs in Maningrida, NT
Lucy Yarawanga is an emerging textile artist as well as an office worker at Bábbarra Women’s Centre. Lucy is from the Gurrgoni language group – one of the least commonly spoken languages in Arnhem Land. Lucy also speaks another eight Maningrida languages.
This is the Dreaming of the artist's mother and uncles. These spirits are called Bawáliba. A long time ago they used to go out hunting with dilly bags and digging sticks. They used to collect a lot of bush foods. 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.
During the day they turn into stone and they sleep. When you see that green rock, that’s Bawáliba.