Mandjabu (Fish Trap) by Raylene Bonson

Mandjabu (Fish Trap)

This design talks about my old man used to go fishing with mandjabu and come around to our camp with big mob fish from that freshwater river. We didn’t have any nets in the old days, and my father was taught make mandjabu by his old people. When I’m printing this design, I’m thinking of my father and the old times before balanda (non-indigenous) people arrived in my country. I did drawing first, then I cut it out with a thing like a really sharp spoon. I cut the lines right around the design, following the lines I’ve drawn When I see my design printed, I’m feeling really good. I choose the really bright colours- pink, orange and yellow, that mandjabu looks really nice one with bright colours.