Merendari Silk Dress - On Country
This stunning silk dress, inspired by Aboriginal artwork of Gija Man Lindsay Malay, is uniquely printed on silk. It is the perfect Autumn/Winter dress, not only formal occasions but also for travel! Dress it up with our knitted vests, snoods or scarves on cold winter evenings.
Designed for versatile and effortless styling, this long silk dress is perfect for day or evening or dressed up for a special occasion.
You can also see our other silk dresses like silk shirt dress. We produce a wide range of designer women's clothes which are unique in design and you can't find them anywhere else.
- - Multicoloured Printed Silk
- - Slip-on with Back Neck Closure
- - 92% Silk 8% Elastane
- - Made in the AU
Colour: Multicoloured - Rust/ Grey/ Black
Fabric: 92% Silk 8% Elastane
Inspired by Lindsay Malay's Artwork
On Country Artwork © Lindsay Malay
Merendari is an Aboriginal girl name that denotes beauty. Each product in this range is given an Aboriginal girl name in celebration of all the gifts that our First Nation's Women bring to the world!
These vests are part of our Lowanna Collection for Winter 2020.
Lowanna, in some Aboriginal languages, translates to describing exquisite beauty. We have used this name in appreciation of Gija artist Lindsay Malay's wonderful paintings, translating to his art to create Aboriginal themed fabric prints and designer clothing through ethical fashion.
Gija man, Lindsay Malay works from the Warmun Art Centre, located 200kms outside of Kununurra in the Kimberley, Western Australia. Warmun is renowned for its artists' use of natural ochre and pigments to denote a contemporary expression of Country and culture and its reputation is felt both nationally and internationally due to the calibre of highly successful artists in the community.
Lindsay's work is vibrant and transfixing, telling the story of the Country he inherited from his Grandfather and of which his family regained traditional ownership of in 2010.
Lindsay and Melbourne based Wiradjuri woman, Denni Francisco, founder and designer of fashion label Ngali, have collaborated to translate Lindsay's art into textile designs. This exciting collaboration was established through a shared vision of celebration culture, showcasing Aboriginal centred design and instigating mutually beneficial partnerships across the country between cross-sector Aboriginal businesses.
“Incorporating Lindsay’s work into our Aboriginal designed clothing, silk dresses, silk scarves and tops & pants gives the artist the opportunity to tell their story through and for us to tell a shared story together. That's what we are all about at the end of the day, we are all storytellers."
As a ‘for-profit’ social enterprise we give recognition and financial support to our Indigenous artists and artisans as well as make our contribution to the advancement of our Aboriginal women and children.
It is a good feeling too for our customers to know that every purchase of a Ngali product helps a young person living in a remote Aboriginal community further develop IT and literacy skills for enhanced learning and capacity building. You can find out more on B1G1.