Parisian fashion house Hermes has looked to Australia for inspiration for its spring summer 2009 scarf collection and found it in Aboriginal artist Gloria Petyarre.
The pretty scarf features a print of her painting ‘Bush Medicine Leaf Dreaming’, one of her most successful styles. The abstract gold and red swirls represent multiple bush leaves which are traditionally collected by women then boiled to extract resin. According to Aboriginal Art News, the resin is then mixed with kangaroo fat to create a healing paste used for skin complaints.
Named ‘Le Reve de Gloria’ the scarf is part of their spring summer scarf collection themed Invitation to Travel and will set you back an affordable AUD$530 (approx USD$413.60) – which affordable when you consider that some of Petyarre’s paintings will set you back as much as AUD$22,000 (approx USD$17,170).
Petyarre’s art was spotted by Pierre Dumas, Hermes Artistic Director at ArtParis in 2006.[Via AboriginalArtNews and photo from Aaia]