Authentic Aboriginal Art - Luxurious Australian Wool
"Rock Pools" Australian Merino Wool Scarf
The Mainie Australian Merino wool scarf collection exemplifies our commitment to be a sustainable fashion label that embraces impeccable business ethics and social responsibility principles.
"Desert Journey". Original artwork created by Mary Napangardi Gallagher
"Desert Tracks". Original artwork created by Valma Nakamarra White
"Red Bark Trees". Original Artwork created by Nicole Napaljarri Stevens
"Night Ceremony". Original artwork created by Geraldine Napangardi Gallagher
"Rock Pools". Original artwork created by Joy Nangala Brown
"Red Earth". Original artwork created by Alicka Napanangka Brown
Each design in the Mainie Australian Merino wool collection was created by a traditional Warlpiri Aboriginal woman artist and depicts an ancient Dreaming story that has been passed down to her through many generations of her ancestors over tens of thousands of years.
All original artworks were ethically acquired from the Warlukurlangu Artists, a community-based arts centre that has been stronghold for the preservation of the traditional culture and language of the Warlpiri Aboriginal people for over 35 years.
The Warlpiri homelands extend across the vast Tanami Desert in Central Australia. Due to the geographic isolation of their tribal lands, the Warlpiri were among some of the last Aboriginal people in Australia to make contact with Europeans.
To this day, the Warlpiri people continue to live on their ancestral homelands and maintain a strong physical and spiritual connection to their country and culture.
Sacred Water Dreaming Site on the Warlpiri Homelands, Tanami Desert, Northern Territory.
Mainie is committed to supporting Aboriginal women from isolated and remote communities in Outback Australia to earn an independent income from their own work and keep alive their traditional cultural legacy for future generations.
The art designs included in our fashion collection are purchased and licensed in accordance with the Indigenous Art Code. Under the terms of our licensing agreements, the Aboriginal artists retain the copyright to their original artworks and receive royalties from every garment we make.
First row: Joy Nangala Brown, Alicka Napanangka Brown, Geraldine Napangardi Granites
Second row: Mary Napangardi Gallagher, Valma Nakamarra White, Nicole Napaljarri Stevens
Each scarf in our new wool collection is destined to become a timeless and meaningful heirloom that will be loved and treasured forever. We have selected only the softest and finest Woolmark certified, Australian Merino wool to create our collection. Every piece is beautifully handcrafted by skilful artisan textile workers.
Every Mainie wool scarf is artisan handcrafted
At Mainie, we believe that the story of Australia’s Merino wool industry is a fitting bookend against the ancient history of Aboriginal Australia.
Spanning a period of over 60,000 years, Australia's Indigenous heritage is believed to be the world's oldest continuous living culture.
Merino wool has been produced in Australia since the earliest days of the first English settlement and is a major contributor to the nation’s wealth and prosperity.
The historical importance of Australia’s Merino wool industry is often conveyed in the expression, “Australia rode on the sheep's back.”
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Since 1797, when the first Merino sheep were introduced to Australia, the wool growing industry has boosted the economic development of regional cities and towns.
This important nation-building industry was also the inspiration behind iconic works of art and poetry, such as Australian impressionist, Tom Roberts' famous painting, “Shearing the Rams” and Banjo Patterson’s beloved ballad, “Waltzing Matilda”.
“A Mainie pure wool scarf is so much more than just a beautiful fashion piece. It is a tangible and meaningful celebration of our 60,000-year-old Indigenous cultural heritage and a tribute our shared Australian story."
Charmaine Saunders – Mainie Founder
Mainie is a Supply Nation verified Indigenous Australian owned and operated business and an Indigenous Art Code approved dealer member.
The Mainie Australian Merino wool scarf collection is available online at https://www.mainie.com.au/collections/wool-scarves