Brolga Life Blue is a 100% cotton print fabric, which features a brolga bird design by Indigenous artist Nambooka.
About the design
The Brolga is a common wetland bird found in Australia which belongs to the crane family. It is also known as the Australian Crane.
In Aboriginal Dreaming, Brolga was originally a beautiful young woman who had an extraordinary dancing skill. People from various lands came just to witness her prowess. Elders from various tribes and communities gathered on this stage and also discuss other communal matters.
Months later, an evil spirit spied Brolga and spun her away while she was practicing her dance. Family and friends of Brolga looked everywhere to find her until she was found on a distant plain while the evil spirit vanished into the sky taking Brolga away. Soon after this, a beautiful bird appeared, stretching its wings and making moves that resembled of Brolga.
This made the people realise that Brolga’s spirit escaped form the evil spirit and turned into a bird (Brolga).
Nambooka is a very skilful and talented artist. She depicted the moves and skill of Brolga in her artwork with her dreaming.