Talking Up Textiles
Community Fabric and Indigenous Industry
Stories from the Forum in Gunbalanya, August 2012
Travelling with Yarns was an Indigenous Textile Forum that took place in Gunbalanya, Arnhem Land, in August 2012. Designers and textile printers from many remote Art Centres from the Top End travelled to the Forum to share stories and discuss common issues and directions for the industry.
Indigenous textile designers produce lively and innovative designs despite significant obstacles such as Art Centres’ distance from mainstream markets and limited access to training and resources. The benefits from the sales of Indigenous textiles flow back into communities and enhance the Australian design landscape.
The forum featured speakers with over 40 years of significant involvement in the Indigenous textile industry, offering their viewpoints on its development. With the support of ANKAAA, the Talking Up Textiles: An Industry Report is a collection of transcripts of the participants’ talks offering a snapshot of a most remarkable creative industry with its full potential yet to be realised.