To celebrate NAIDOC week 2018, the Cotton On Foundation have collaborated with indigenous artist Ganybu Munuŋgurr on a limited edition tote bag design, with 100% of proceeds going back to the Foundation’s Australian programs.
Supporting communities in North East Arnhem Land since 2013 by working with the Yolŋu people, The programs focus on supporting indigenous youth, celebrating self-expression and cultural identity, while keeping them engaged in school and developing new skills.
One of these projects is was expansion of the Buku Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, which provides a number of workshops each term to local youth. “From music and art, to film and photography, we are seeing phenomenal talent coming out of this region, and our collaboration with Ganybu is the perfect example” COF operations manager Sarah Spiker said.
Artist Ganybu created the artwork from a design that belongs to her maternal grandmother’s clan, Rirratiŋu.
“This design is based on my print, Yathiny. Yathiny is a type of jellyfish. When turtles start to return to the beaches to lay their eggs, yathiny is the food that they feed on at this time. My print shows small and big yathiny together that wash up on the shores of North East Arnhem Land during Rarranhdharr (dry season)”, Ganybu said.