The bush medicine leaves are a traditional medicine, collected from an abundant shrub in the desert, and highly prized for their restorative powers. The leaves change colour as they dry and fall to the ground. They can be ground into a milky substance, or boiled to obtain a resin that is combined with kangaroo fat to create a long lasting balm. The Dreaming Story pays homage to the plant, encouraging it to grow and replenish the leaves for further use.
Pia du Pradal, a highly acclaimed Brisbane designer, was instrumental in connecting us with Louise regarding the AFMW fabric square contribution. Since 2017, Pia has featured Louise’s art in exclusive fabric for quality clothing made in a Brisbane studio. Pia has dressed Australia’s leading women for some of the most significant events in Australia’s history, including Dame Quentin Bryce, when she was present for the installation of Julia Gillard as Australia’s first female prime minister. Pia’s work was recently commended at Australia’s premier fashion event, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
In collaboration with Louise Numina Napananka and Pia du Pradal, scarves made from fabric with the Purple Bush Medicine Leaves pattern are available above.
In addition to purchasing from this collection, we encourage you to use this opportunity to donate to the AFMW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Medicine Project.
This project’s aims are to:
- achieve parity in the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical professionals, particularly Medical Women
- foster leadership development in First Nation Medical Women through attendance at National and International Medical Women’s events, with support from allocations by the Project.
Funds raised for this Project, will be distributed on the basis of merit and need at the AFMW National Council meeting in November.