A-line dress - Munjimunjingu Manma (sea food bush tucker)
A-line dress - Munjimunjingu Manma (sea food bush tucker)
Magpie Goose

A-line dress - Munjimunjingu Manma (sea food bush tucker)

Regular price $180.00
  • scooped neckline on front 
  • A-line shift style
  • above knee length
  • Fabric designed by Nancy McDinny in Katherine NT
  • Black print on white linen
  • Dress made in Sydney

Artist - Nancy McDinny

Nancy McDinny is a Yanyuwa and Garrwa woman, born on Fetrel Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria (NT). Her Aboriginal name is Yukuwal and her skin name is Nangalama.

Nancy is an established artist and a respected keeper of language and cultural knowledge. In her paintings she shares Dreaming stories, and the traditions she learnt from her parents and grandparents, including hunting, fishing, and collecting bush tucker. Nancy is an outspoken advocate for her people and country. She is a major voice in the Frack Free and anti-mining movements; her recent works often depict these themes.

Nancy currently lives with her husband Stewart at Sandridge Outstation near Borroloola.

Nancy created this design in September 2017 during a screenprinting workshop in Katherine run by Tim Growcott and Millie Shorter, facilitated by Magpie Goose in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts. This is her first foray into large scale textile design.

Art story

“I grew up with my grandfather old Malbur - he taught us how to hunt. The old ladies used to tell us “you have to start hunting, you wont get feed from anyone else.” When we got sick of eating food from the mainland, then we change the food – we all go down to the sea, and eat all them fish, crayfish, crab, sea turtle, dugong, warrarrnkarr (fish) – really good one. This is what my design is about - bush tucker (Munjimunjingu Manma). You’ll never starve in both ways – mainland and sea- you got food there. In this design there’s Warrarrnkarr (my grandmother’s dreaming), turtle (my grandfather’s dreaming), Wurtherri – that’s Jellyfish. There’s stingray (my mother’s dreaming) - my grandfather used to spear it along the beach when the tide’s low- really lovely eating. Tastes just like shark. All these fish and animals we cook with paperbark tree – we go out, you got no plate, there’s paperbark there, you put your plate down and have a good old feed.”

Size and fit 

Laura wears size 12 (though she's normally an 8 or 10)

These dresses were made from the first A-line dress pattern, so they run on the small side. We advise going up a size. 

a line dress fit in cms
6 8 10 12 14 16
bust 80.5 85.5 90.5 95.5 100.5 105.5
hem width 130.4 135.4 140.4 145.4 150.4 155.4
dress length from neckline 78.16 78.94 79.72 80.5 81.28 82.06


Treat me right

Design is printed on cotton/linen with quality inks and then heat-set; designs are colourfast. Each metre of fabric is hand-printed and is unique - fabulous variations often occur!

Please treat your wearable art with love and care – we recommend cold hand wash, dry in shade, and reverse iron.