Indigenous artist Lyn-Al Young announced as David Jones’ emerging designer

Words by Tara Smith


Indigenous artist Lyn-Al Young has been announced as David Jones’ emerging designer, a newly created role to support Australian creatives in their early careers.

To coincide with NAIDOC week, the retailer has also launched an exclusive collection with Lyn-Al Young. The range includes handpainted scarves and wraps which will be sold at David Jones’ Elizabeth and Bourke Street stores.

Entitled ngu-ng-ga-dhaany, which means ‘carrier’ in Wiradjuri, the collection aims to celebrate and honour all women. Each piece is made from merino wool and silk, with a unique story relating to the colours, textures and materials used.

“The textures in this collection represent the basket weaving to symbolise our connections to one another.

The curvy lines represent the coolamon, which were traditionally used by our ancestors to carry babies and cart our food and water.

The colours and landscape markings are symbolic of the nurturing and healing spirit that is deep within the fabric of all women,” said Lyn-Al Young in a press release.

David Jones’ NAIDOC pop-up will run from July 7 until July 22, with the limited-edition collection ranging in price from $190-$450.


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