Hat Type: Reversible Bucket Hat
Design 1: Bush Onions & Wild Flowers by Jane Doolan
Design 2: Bush Food Dreaming by Tanya Price Nangala
Dreamtime behind the Design 1: In winter, after rains, new flowers become abundant. These become very decorative with bright yellow, pink and lavender colors. Wild bush onions have small bulb-like onions, long slender green leaves, like thick blades of grass and have distinct onion smell. The bulbs offer a pungent onion flavor; however, the green tops are milder. These can be eaten raw and is considered an important food for Kimberly Aboriginal people. People gather bush onions by digging in the sand. The best time to gather bush onions is in April/May. Bush onions are also a favourite food for native birds, known as Brolgas.
Jane is an experienced Aboriginal designer from the well-known Doolan family in Alice Springs, N.T. Jane skilfully drew bush onions (cyperus bulbosus) and wildflowers in separate garden beds in a beautiful way.
Dreamtime behind the Design 2: Tanya Price was born in 1972, in Alron, north of Alice Springs, NT. She now lives in Utopia. Tanya speaks both Anmatyerre and Alyawarra Aboriginal languages. She learned painting from her parents and grandparents. Her Dreaming is Bush Tucker. Tanya uses fine dotting techniques as the background of her artworks. Her designs are precise, vibrant and attractive.
In Bush Food Dreaming, she presents a number of motifs in a clear and neat manner. She depicts a fan fair of foods like Oranges, Bush Plums, Bush Berries, Lemons, etc. It is a corroboree where people are happily eating, dancing and discussing various social matters, enjoying their presence.