Emu Dreaming Tote Bag by Teddy Gibson

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Australian made tote bag featuring art work by Aboriginal Artist Teddy Gibson

Take the vibrancy of the Central Desert with you wherever you go with this stunning Australian-made cotton tote bag, featuring licensed artwork by Teddy Gibson from Warlukurlangu Artists Cooperation in Yuendumu, Northern Territory.

Teddy Gibson’s Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) is a story from near Ngarlikurlangu (north of Yuendumu) depicting the Emu’s journey to that country in search of water. Featuring traditional water hole iconography and a bold bright palette that pays homage to the vibrancy of the central desert, this gorgeous tote is a beautiful and practical gift for art lovers, and perfect to post to friends and family overseas.

Measuring a handy 40cm square with a 16cm gusset and shoulder length handles, your tote bag can handle trips to the library, market or pool, or leave it in your handbag to carry home last minute purchases. It is 100% cotton and made in Australia with Teddy’s art work digitally printed on both sides.

  • 100% cotton for easy care
  • Made in Australia
  • Tote measures a generous 40cm x 40cm with a 16cm gusset
  • 60cm long shoulder straps for convenience
  • Licensed artwork by Teddy Gibson – with royalties from this product directly benefiting the artist and his community.

About the Artist

Teddy Jakamarra Gibson was born in the late 1960's in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community north-west of Alice Springs. His mother, Nancy Napanangka Gibson, is also a respected artist, painting with Warlukurlangu Artists. 

Teddy has painted with Warlukurlangu Artists since 2006, focusing on his Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings from his father's side, and the flora, fauna and stories of his country west of Nyirrpi, close to the Gibson Desert. His work is bold and energetic, featuring bold bright colours and fine details of traditional iconography.

When Teddy is not painting he likes to go hunting with his family, especially for goanna and honey ants. 

About the Arts Centre    

Not-for-profit Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in Yuendumu, NE of Alice Springs, is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia, established in 1985. Warlukurlangu Artists supports over 600 artists in the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.

Royalties from this product directly benefit the artist’s family and community.

Please note that artwork placement does vary slightly and each tote will be unique.



Can I wash my tote bag?

Yes, care instructions are included on the label. We recommend a warm hand wash and a warm iron on the reverse if required.


How do I know Teddy Gibson and his family are actually benefiting when I buy this tote bag?

This tote bag is made under license, with royalties paid to the artist for each item sold. Manufacturer Alperstein Designs works closely with artists from a number of Aboriginal arts centres throughout the licensing agreement and manufacturing process to ensure artists are happy with the quality of items carrying their art work, as well as how their art work appears on licensed products. Ongoing royalties are paid to artists in line with licensing agreements which are renewed periodically with Artists and Art Centre staff. Alperstein Designs is a member of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, and a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code. Artists always retain copyright ownership of their artwork, and information on the artist is included with each item.


Gifting Tip:

Why not combine your tote with a pair of earrings for a beautiful Australian gift that is easy to post. You can browse our earrings collection here.