Luxurious Merino Wool - Authentic Aboriginal Art - Unique Australian Fashion
“Night Ceremony” Australian Merino Wool Scarf
Mainie’s new Merino wool scarf collection brings to life ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories on Woolmark-certified, pure Australian Merino wool.
There are six stunning Aboriginal art designs in the Mainie Merino collection with each piece perfectly capturing the glorious colours that are so evocative of the Australian Outback environment - the vivid blues of the sky, the sun-drenched ochre tones of the earth and the rich reds and purples of the spectacular rock formations that rise majestically out of the desert landscape.
Designed for the stylish traveller, each of these exquisite wearable art pieces is beautifully handcrafted from the finest wool in the world.
Australian Merino wool is sensuously soft, lightweight and renowned for its luxurious look and feel.
Generously sized for styling versatility, a Mainie Merino wool scarf is a wonderful example of an infinitely practical, trans-seasonal fashion accessory that will always be on trend.
The epitome of timeless elegance, every Mainie is destined to become a lasting and treasured heirloom.
“Night Ceremony” by Geraldine Napangardi Granites
The fabulous “Night Ceremony” scarf features an authentic Aboriginal art design created by highly esteemed Warlpiri artist, Geraldine Napangardi Granites.
Geraldine paints with the world acclaimed Warlukurlangu Artists, an Aboriginal owned art centre located at Yuendumu, a remote desert community about 300 kilometres north west of Alice Springs in Central Australia.
Geraldine’s paintings depict “Jukurrpa”, traditional Dreaming stories that have been handed down to her through many generations of her Warlpiri ancestors over tens of thousands of years.
The “Night Ceremony” design is based on Geraldine’s original artwork called “Ngalyipi Jukurrpa”.
Ngalyipi is a vine creeper that grows on the trunks and branches of trees in the desert. It is frequently depicted in paintings due to its many uses and its great ceremonial importance.
The vine can be used as a shoulder strap to carry ‘parraja’ (food collection trays) and ‘ngami’ (water carriers).
Ngalyipi also has a multitude of medicinal uses; its vines are used as tourniquets, and its leaves and vines are used as bandages for wounds.
The Warlpiri people also chew the leaves to treat severe colds. The stems of the vine can be pounded between stones and tied around the forehead to cure headaches.
In men’s initiation ceremonies, 'ngalyipi' is used to tie the ‘witi’ (ceremonial poles) to the shins of the dancing initiates, and to tie ‘yukurruyukurru’ (dancing boards) to dancers’ bodies.
The initiation ceremonies associated with the "Ngalyipi Jukurrpa" are performed for the sons and grandsons of Japaljarri and Jungarrayi tribesmen at a sacred placed called Yanjirlpiri.
The Napaljarri and Nungarrayi women dance at these ceremonies, and then look away and block their ears when the men dance. This ceremony is performed at night under the stars.
Mainie is committed to supporting the economic empowerment of Aboriginal women from isolated and disadvantaged desert communities in Central Australia.
All artwork designs featured in the Mainie fashion collection are ethically acquired under license in accordance with the Indigenous Art Code, whereby the artist retains the copyright to their original design and receives royalty payments from all sales.
Every Mainie is carefully presented in a handmade gift box with information about the provenance of the original artwork and the Aboriginal artist’s story.
More information about the Mainie Merino wool collection is available at: https://mainie.com/collections/wool-scarves