Inspired by the Crayfish that are commonly found in the tropical waters of the Torres Strait, our Crayfish print depicts colors and formations of it’s tail curled back, hard shell and sharp pointers. The hard body shell of the Crayfish is beautifully colored in splashes of orange, blue and turquoise. Hand spears are used by divers to catch Crayfish, a tradition which has been in place for thousands of years in the Torres Strait.
In tribute to the Coral Trout, our print portrays the different sized spots that appear on the skin of the fish. This is one of the many reef fish traditionally belonging to the waters of the Torres Strait along the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. They’re easily identified by their vibrant pink colour and electric blue spots. Hook and line or hand spears are used to catch Coral Trout which are a main food source in the Torres Strait because of their delicious taste.
Waru is the name given to the Turtle in Kala Lagaw Ya, one of the traditional languages of the Torres Strait. Our Waru print portrays the shell of a Waru and it’s pattern. The abstract colors tie in the ocean blue and turquoise with green, representing the color of their fat and it’s main source of food, sea-grass. The Waru is found in the waters of the Torres Strait and for some kinship groups, is a totem.
This abstract print has been inspired by water running down the smooth grey skin of the Dugong. It’s slow pace is represented by the muted tones and blurred movement. The Torres Strait Islands are home to the largest Dugong habitat in the world. These animals are especially important to the culture, traditions, and livelihood of the Torres Strait Islander people.