Babatha Nganga Gum Flowers Romper
Babatha Nganga Gum Flowers Romper
Magpie Goose

Babatha Nganga Gum Flowers Romper

Regular price $50.00

Magpie Goose is a fashion social enterprise showcasing the bright, bold, fabulous textiles designed by Aboriginal artists and hand screen printed in Australia.

  • Baby romper featuring hand screenprinted Babatha Nganga (Gum Flowers) panel
  • Cream, blue and pink print on cherry linen/cotton
  • Black cotton backing
  • Three press-studs on straps for flexible fit
  • Cross-over straps 
  • Made in Sydney from fabric offcuts

Artist - Dora Diaguma

Dora is a significant elder of the Binthi clan (one of 32 clan lands of the Guugu Yimithirr tribal nations) and lives in Hopevale in Cape York QLD. Her family totems are Gaalaya (centipede) and Wandarr (white cockatoo). 

Dora’s mum’s family were from Stonehenge (near Winton QLD). After Dora’s Grandmother was bitten by a death adder, Dora’s mum and her siblings were taken to away to Cape Bedford mission.

During WWII the German Lutheran missionary at Cape Bedford was taken as a prisoner of war, suspected of operating as a spy. Aboriginal people living at the mission were suspected of transmitting smoke signals to Japanese planes and were forcibly relocated to government camp Woorabinda in South West QLD. They were kept there in camps for eight years.

Dora was born at Woorabinda and returned to the newly established HopeVale Mission when she was five.

Dora started working at HopeVale Arts and Cultural Centre after she retired from working at the Aged Care centre, to keep her mind busy and work with the other ladies. She has 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Art story 

“This is a design about gum nut flowers – which we call Babatha Nganga in Guugu Yimithirr. Babatha grows around here, around the bush. Our gum trees come out with white flowers during the winter-time (but I’ve seen pink and red in Cairns).

It’s beautiful to see them on top of the hills – white amongst the green. There’s lots you can do with Babatha. The dead gum trees are good for making cooking fires; we cook damper and fish on the coals of that kind of tree. We make necklaces from the nuts; and you can make a whistle out of the gum nut. The bees make lovely honey from the flowers.”

This design was created at the HopeVale Arts and Culture Centre during a workshop with Cairns based Textile artist Bobbie Rueben.

Size and fit 

size 00: 3-6 months 

size 0: 6-12 months 

size 1: 12- 18 months -

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.