Known alternatively in English as Sea Cow, Mantuwujini are hunted with harpoon spears along the northern coast of the Tiwi Islands, found in areas of sea grass, where they graze. A gentle and sadly endangered mammal, the animal is prized for it’s tender rich flavoured meat and the fat produces oil which is reputed to be good for the hair.
Our Jilamara textiles are hand screen printed by a team of 4 printers, in the Nancy Henry Ripijingimpi screenprinting studio at Jilamara. Each meterage is unique and will most likely have one or two bush touches (a little Milikapiti earth, a smudge of ochre etc). We hope these imperfections remind you of where these textiles were made. We use hanky linen, 100% cotton and a cotton polyester blend. Fabric is sold in 2-metre lengths. Please enquire about colourways or if you have something else in mind.