Mainie: Timeless, Versatile & Meaningful Fashion
At Mainie, we lead by example as "Slow Fashion" advocates.
Every one of our exquisite wearable art pieces is consciously designed to be a timeless, versatile and meaningful fashion garment.
We strive to be the best at we we do and nothing we do at Mainie is "fast and cheap".
Yet as much as our brand ethics are firmly grounded in fashion sustainability principles and a strong commitment to making quality pieces that last, we still love to embrace the latest trends.
Like most in the design world, we eagerly await the annual announcement of the Pantone Colour of the Year.
The creative team at Mainie are already big fans of this year’s colour, Very Peri. We think that Pantone's 2022 palette is the perfect pairing for the lovely blue hues of our Limited Edition “Women’s Dance” cashmere and silk scarf.
Mainie’s “Women’s Dance” scarf is made to last. It is destined to be a treasured heirloom piece that will be loved and cherished forever.
Beautifully handcrafted in a luxurious blend of the finest cashmere and silk, we are proud to release our “Women’s Dance” scarf as a limited edition of only 50 pieces made in this authentic Aboriginal artwork design.
“Women’s Dance” exemplifies Mainie’s sustainable fashion principles of using only natural fibres and producing high quality pieces in small production runs with minimal wastage of materials.
Natural fibres like cashmere and silk are not only durable and long lasting, but they are also lightweight and absorbent. This means that our “Women’s Dance” scarf is sensuously soft and comfortable to wear from one season to the next, year after year.
Generously sized at 140cm x 140cm, the super versatile “Women’s Dance” scarf can be accessorised in an almost infinite number of ways to instantly and effortlessly transform wardrobe basics like a plain t-shirt and jeans or a simple little black dress into chic designer fashion looks.
Mainie's “Women's Dance design is based on a painting, “Mina Mina Jukurrpa” by highly esteemed Warlpiri Aboriginal artist, Pauline Napangardi Gallagher.
Pauline’s original artwork depicts an ancient Aboriginal Dreaming story about a place on the Warlpiri homelands called Mina Mina.
Mina Mina is a traditional ceremonial site for Warlpiri women from the Napangardi and Napanangka clan groups. It is located in an isolated desert area on the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
The Mina Mina Jukurrpa is an important source of knowledge about Warlpiri rituals and social organisation that has been handed down from one generation to the next over the millennia.
It tells a story about a group of ‘Karnta’ (ancestral women), who travelled across the desert from west to east. In the Dreamtime, Mina Mina was a place where the women danced.
According to the ancestors’ story, when the women danced at Mina Mina, they created a large dust cloud that swept up the ‘Walyankarna’ (snake ancestors). The ‘Walyankarna’ had stopped at Mina Mina to watch the women dance.
Mina Mina is still an important site for the Warlpiri as it is where the ‘Ngalyipi’ vine is gathered. ‘Ngalyipi’ has medicinal properties and has long been used by the Warlpiri women for their sacred ceremonies and rituals.
Mainie is committed to supporting Aboriginal women artists from remote communities in the Australian Outback to earn an independent income from the own work and preserve their traditional cultural heritage for future generations.
All Aboriginal art designs included in the Mainie fashion collection are ethically acquired and reproduced under licence in accordance with the Indigenous Art Code. Royalties are paid to the Aboriginal artists and their families.
Mainie is a Supply Nation verified Indigenous owned business and an approved Indigenous Art Code dealer member.
For more information about Mainie’s ethical and sustainable fashion story, please visit our website at www.mainie.com.au