Nganana - "all of us" (pronounced NUN-nun-nah - in Pitjantjatjara words, the emphasis is on the first syllable)
Aboriginal Australia is made up of over 500 Language Groups - we are far from one homogenous group! We don't have tribes (the word tribe has specific anthropological connotations - namely having a 'Cheiftan' - think Native American) rather, we have Countries.
I am a Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman from the APY lands in Central Australia. These two language groups together collectively refer to ourselves as 'Anangu' - the P/Y word for 'people'. These two languages are largely the same.
This design reflects and celebrates the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their countries. It reflects the rich tapestry which is Indigenous Australia. These language groups are all so different; all with their own history, language, art, dance, song, dreaming, stories and law.
However, we come together and stand together as one. As much as we are different, in many more ways we are the same. As much as single countries we are beautiful, collectively - we are breathtaking. 'Nganana' is a Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara word that means "all of us". This word perfectly reflects the artwork.
An Ankalia wrap or ring sling is designed to be an effective parenting tool in your day to day life. Our carriers will allow you to get the basic tasks done while keeping your baby or toddler close. Our carriers will help you with anything from the vacuuming to shopping on a holiday at the beach, with your child right by your side.
Making sure that Ankalia is made within Australia is important to us. Many manufacturers are obsessed with producing their products as cheaply as possible, which generally means sending their wares offshore to be produced. We wanted Ankalia to be Australian designed, woven, and hand finished, as the babywearing world was calling for a premier Australian product - and we need to be satisfied that our fabrics are made in an ethical manner. Our designs are hand sketched by local artisans, and their trade and skill is transformed into fabrics literally designed to embrace your babies.