Yawk yawk is a word from the Aboriginal Kunwinjku/Kunwok language, meaning ‘young woman’ and ‘young woman spirit being’.
Sometimes compared to the European notion of mermaids, yawk yawks are usually depicted with the tails of fish. They have long hair, associated with trailing blooms of algae, typically found in Arnhem Land streams and rock pools.
Situated in west Arnhem Land Babbarra Women's Centre represents 12 language groups from the coastal community of Maningrida and the surrounding homelands. Babbarra Designs, established in 1989 is a social enterprise that operates out of the women’s centre and produces hand block-printed and screen-printed textiles.
Purchase of fabric directly supports the artist.
Gentle cold hand wash with a mild water based soap/detergent (Alcohol based detergent and bleach will damage the print).
Do not use fabric softener.
Do not bleach.
Rinse well with cold water.
Do not tumble dry.
After washing, lay flat on clean towels, on a drying rack or hang to drip dry out of direct sunlight. Cool iron on reverse by using protective cloth.
The lustre of silk can diminish with moisture, so best to dry clean.
Due to the nature of the medium, exact colour matches cannot be guaranteed.
Every effort is made to provide a photo that represents the true colour of the fabric, however due to variations between screens, colour can appear differently on screen to the final product.
Postage - Fabric will be bubble wrapped and posted in a PostPak. Please contact the Gallery for a postage quote on purchasing multiple lengths of fabric