Koskela Presents: A Galiwin’ku Christmas

This holiday season marks the 10-year anniversary of our social impact partnership with Elcho Island Arts. To celebrate Koskela is having a Galiwin’ku Christmas! 

Galiwin’ku is a Yolŋu community on Elcho Island, which is located off the north-east coast of Arnhem Land. 

Community owned and run since 1992, Elcho Island Arts is the pride of the Galiwin’ku community and renowned for its use of traditional bush materials.

In preparation for Christmas 2019 we have been working with the art centre to license artworks that capture Elcho Island life.

Linocut designs of the traditional sun mat by Ruth Lulwarriwuy adorn our wrapping paper and gift tag.Linocut designs of pandanus and the troopy car (Galiwin’ku’s mode of transport) by Judy Manany adorn our canvas tote and in-store banners.

The colours we chose this Christmas are derived from the fibre art of the Yolŋu weavers. They harvest pandanus leaves from the local bush, which are dried to create the fibre for their weavings. Some are left natural, some are dyed yellow using the Djundum root, and some are dyed red using the crushed Yiringaning bulb.

The natural, red and yellow fibres are woven into their beautiful creations such as the Yuta Badalyala pendants, which are a longstanding product collaboration between Koskela and Elcho Island Arts.

Gift wrapping for $2.50 

Get all your Christmas gifts wrapped for $2.50. Our lovely retail staff will wrap your gifts, tie them with string, affix a Koskela sticker, and include one of our beautiful gift tags per package. 

All gift wrap proceeds will go to the WEAVE Youth and Community Services Kool Kids Club based in Redfern. This is an early intervention and prevention program that works closely with Aboriginal children aged 7-13 years, providing mentoring and engaging recreational activities.

Gift wrapping online
Just add gift wrapping at the checkout. 

Gift wrapping in store
No coins necessary. Just ask the retail team to make a tap payment via eftpos.

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