The Namatjira Art-a-Porter Collection

"This is the first time our designs have been printed on fabric. With this project, our goal is to create landscapes of our country in the traditional watercolor style and display them as unique wearable works of art. , in three dimensions.

- The Namatjira artists of the Iltja Ntjarra Aboriginal Art Center

Launched in France as part of the exhibition:

" Tjuritja Nana Mara to Paris "
From our dear Tjuritja (Western MacDonnell Mountains) to Paris
From the good Tjuritja (West MacDonnell Ranges) to Paris
06/11/2017 – 06/01/2018
IDAIA Gallery Paris

The Namatjira Collection is a collaborative project between the Iltja Ntjarra Aboriginal Arts Center and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in Alice Springs.

To celebrate the era of Albert Namatjira (1950s), unique fashion clothes and accessories were created in limited editions: 50s style circular skirts and silk scarves.

The circular paintings created by the participating artists, expand our view of the Central Australian landscape. They emphasize its unique topography, light and color, as seen when lying on the ground. The paintings were then transferred to circular skirts emphasizing the relationship between the body and the landscape.

A selection of creations were presented as part of the exhibition “ We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from Central Australia ” at the University of NSW in Sydney in May 2015, then during the TARNANTHI Festival at the Art Gallery of South Australia in November 2015.


  • Circular skirts

8 models of circle skirts are available in editions of 10.

The original paintings have been scanned in ultra high definition, then are digitally printed - using eco-friendly printing and water-based inks - on a sophisticated lightweight linen and cotton blend, lined with silk, and fully hand-stitched. hand in Alice Springs.

The skirts have 2 pockets and an adjustable waist (72-78cm)
Skirt length: 80-85 cm depending on the model.
Sizes: Small - Medium - Large

The skirts are made to measure, according to measurements.
Lead time approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Fabric: linen (55%) and cotton (45%), silk lining.
Care Instructions: Machine wash cold or warm, gentle cycle, using phosphate-free detergent.

  • Silk scarves

6 models of scarves are available in editions of 20.

The original paintings have been scanned in ultra high definition then are digitally printed - using eco-friendly printing and water-based inks - on silk and chiffon, and hand-sewn in Alice Springs.

Dimensions of the scarves: 90 x 90 cm.

30 x 30 cm silk squares are also available.

Care instructions: Wash gently by hand, with a very mild detergent.

  • Umbrella

1 model of umbrella created to measure in limited edition, from the work of Mervyn Rubuntja.

Compact umbrella.
Open diameter 97 cm.
Digital print of the artist's original work.

This umbrella is a further extension of the 2015 project, which artist Mervyn is delighted to see come to fruition: "I'm delighted because everyone can wear my creations and show them to others."


Image caption :

Top of the page: View of the exhibition at TARNANTHI / View of exhibition at TARNANTHI © lltja Ntjarra

Skirts: Hubert Pareroultja, Gloria Pannka, Peter Taylor, Gloria Pannka, Lenie Namatjira, Peter Taylor, Mervyn Rubuntja, Kevin Namatjira.

Scarves: Hubert Pareroultja, Gwenda Namatjira Nungarayi, Therese Ryder, Gloria Pannka, Mervyn Rubuntja, Lenie Namatjira.

Umbrella: Mervyn Rubuntja.