In the Heart of Milingimbi, the Yutu Dugitj: Rägudha Pendant Collection

In the heart of Yurrwi (Milingimbi), where mangrove plants flourish along the shores, lies the inspiration for our exquisite Yutu Dugitj: Rägudha Pendant collection. These pendants draw their essence from the rägudha, or mud mussel, a cherished source of nutrition that thrives in this coastal landscape.

Crafted in collaboration with Milingimbi Art and Culture, a community-owned art centre on Milingimbi Island, these pendants not only illuminate spaces but also celebrate the rich tapestry of Yolngu culture. They stand as a testament to our commitment to fostering sustainable livelihoods for talented artists and preserving the cultural and economic heritage of the community.

Yutu Dugitj, which translates as both ‘a seed growing’ and ‘a grey hair sprouting,’ serves as a metaphor for the unity of senior and young women at their art centre, symbolising growth and shared wisdom. 

As an integral part of our Ngalya collection, the Yutu Dugitj: Ragudha range emerged in 2019, embodying the essence of collaboration between Koskela and six First Nations art centres. The Ragudha Pendant, known as the "Mud Mussel Pendant," features a bespoke frame designed in consultation and collaboration with Milingimbi Art and Culture. This exclusive frame is meant for artists of Milingimbi and is to be woven upon solely by artists from the art centre, respecting the cultural and artistic integrity of the community.

The Yutu Dugitj: Ragudha pendants are hand woven using locally harvested plant fibres and natural, hand-made dyes. The collection, preparation and weaving of the fibres are all labour intensive processes: harvesting the plants, driving the boat, stripping the leaves, digging up and peeling the roots for dye, soaking the leaves, boiling the pot, drying the fibres all happens before the weaving commences, and are an integral part of production and the process maintains cultural practices.

We come to the art centre every morning doing djama (weaving work). Going home keep doing djama 5, 6, 7 o’clock lights on now. 8, 9 o’clock. At the wanga (home) the grandchildren are helping, collecting firewood and roots, bark and leaves (used for dying natural fibres). This is how they learn their culture and law. The djamarrkuli (kids) came from the school (as part of the Junior Crocodile Rangers program). They are looking at what we are doing and walking around to see the new weaving. - Milingimbi Art and Culture group artist statement

What sets these pendants apart is their innovative design—a fusion of two woven frames, each a canvas of individual artistic expression. These frames showcase the unique designs of different artists, reflecting their cultural heritage and creative spirit. This dual-frame structure ingeniously mirrors the essence of the mud mussel, capturing both its form and function.

Ragudha Pendants at Ngalya

Ragudha Pendants at Ngalya

Mud Mussel

These pendant lights possess a dynamic feature that allows them to be opened or closed at the top, mimicking the natural shape of the mud mussel and adding an authentic layer to these illuminating artworks. Available in three sizes—small, medium, and large—these pendant lights are equipped with LED strip lighting, a 2-meter coaxial cable, and a ceiling suspension set for seamless installation by a professional electrician.

The Rägudha Pendant Open

The Rägudha Pendant Open

The Rägudha Pendant Closed

At Koskela, we are dedicated to nurturing enduring partnerships with First Nations artists and art centres, pledging 1% of our product sales to impactful social projects. With each Ragudha Pendant, you not only acquire a stunning piece of craftsmanship but also become a part of the cultural mosaic that thrives in Milingimbi.