Damien and Yilpi Marks Shoulder Tote

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A vibrant tote bag featuring a striking red design by husband and wife co-creators, Damien and Yilpi Marks. With a striped cotton lining, inner zipped pocket and two leather handles, this functional yet beautiful piece makes an ideal everyday bag and a fantastic ethical gift.

  • Cotton with leather handles
  • Design by Indigenous artists, Damien and Yilpi Marks
  • Fully lined
  • Zipped interior pocket
  • The artist receives royalties for their artwork

About the Artwork

This artwork portrays the tale of Yilpi's grandfather and the tragic hailstorm that claimed his life. As a headstrong young man, he disregarded the warnings of the elders regarding an impending tempest. Ignoring their counsel, he ventured out to hunt and even intended to perform a ceremonial dance to avert the looming storm, taking the ceremonial dancing sticks with him. Regrettably, he never returned.

In fear, the remainder of the clan sought refuge in caves to weather the storm's fury. Following its passing, the women embarked on a desperate search for the missing man but to no avail. Meanwhile, in a distant part of the land, children were innocently gathering bush foods and swimming in newly formed rockholes. It was here, by chance, that they stumbled upon the lifeless body of the young man, a victim of the relentless storm.

This poignant narrative is shared with the children as a cautionary lesson, emphasising the importance of heeding the wisdom of their elders.

Better World Arts

Better World Arts facilitates cross cultural art projects between Australian artists and artisans in India. The Aboriginal artists are paid royalties for their designs, and the artisans in India work in conditions that encompass the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, including receiving a fair wage, working in safe conditions, and ensuring there is no child labour or forced labour.

Read more about Better World Arts here.

35cm x 40 cm

All of our products are packaged and shipped to you from our store in Melbourne, Victoria by our small team. We use FSC certified paper bags that are padded with recycled paper pulp. When your products don't fit in one of our parcel bags, we try and reuse boxes that have been sent to us.

Postage is $12.00 flat rate, 15.00 for express in Australia, $15.00 flat rate for New Zealand and FREE POSTAGE for orders over $200.00*.

We usually ship your order within 2 business days through Australia Post. Express Post is also available and can be selected at checkout.


*When ordering more than one hamper or gift pack you will need to fill out our order form where you will then be contacted by our staff with a postage quote.

Gift Wrapping

We will happily gift wrap products for an extra $2. This can be added at checkout along with a short note to the person receiving the gift.

When purchasing multiple products don't forget to include in your order notes if you would like the products to be wrapped separately or all together. Around Christmas time, please specify if it is a Christmas gift or not so we can choose the wrapping paper accordingly.

Our products are a curated selection of intentional and purposeful items which work towards alleviating global issues and inequities. Many of our products hold Fair Trade Certifications from the World Fair Trade Organisation, Fair Trade Australia & New Zealand as well as sustainable textile certifications such as the GOTS Certification. Read more about our product selection process here.