Australian Aboriginal or Indigenous designs are colourful, vibrant and decorative. It is one of the longest continuing traditional arts in the world. This tradition goes back to over 50,000 years. In early days the Aboriginal people performed cave painting, rock painting, sand or ground painting, etc. At present the Aboriginal artworks are sought after items both in Australia and worldwide.
M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Sham and Momo Lohani founded this company in the early 1990’s in Melbourne, Australia.Sham and Momo originally were in a quandary. The Aboriginal designs are beautiful and large, whereas quilters generally use smaller designs. In the end, the versatility of the designs and the genuine colors used won the hearts of quilters. Now, Aboriginal designs and fabrics are popular throughout the world.
Most of the Aboriginal designs printed by M&S Textiles have a Dreamtime story to tell. According to Aboriginal mythology, dreamtime is the time when the world was dark. There was nothing on earth. Soil was soft, their forefathers sprang up from underneath the soil and started building most of the requirement for their future generations; e.g. they built mountains, rivers, waterholes, trees, light gardens and many more. The Dreamtime is not a religion or cult; it is the way of living or a philosophy of living. Body painting, corroborree, men’s business, women’s business etc. are strictly obeyed by the Aboriginal people. Aboriginal used to be nomadic; they used to collect foods from nature, by hunting and gathering. However, they never do anything to hoard or spoil the nature. They used to honor their ancestral lands or environment. Today, many Aboriginals get a good education.
There are some Aboriginal doctors, professors, lawyers, parliamentarians etc. in the community. Aboriginals are good in songs, dances, body paintings, corroborees. They are proud to respect their culture.
Aboriginal fabrics are useful for almost anything such as interior or home decorations including hotels, resorts etc. apparels, shirts, women’s dresses, children’s dresses, bed sheets, bedcovers, table runners, table cloths, ties, scarves, and many more.