Simplicia Tipungwuti Shoulder Tote

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This monochrome Tote Bag features artwork by Simplicia Tipungwuti, a Tiwi Islands artist from Bathurst Island who paints with the Munupi Arts collective. Stylish and practical, this tote boasts a striped cotton lining, an internal zip pocket and leather handles. It makes a beautiful gift if you can resist keeping it for yourself.

  • Design by Indigenous artist, Simplicia Tipungwuti
  • Fully lined
  • Two leather handles
  • Zipped interior pocket
  • The artist receives royalties for their artwork

About the Artwork

Simplicia's artwork portrays a story featuring an elderly woman who roamed with her six children in search of sustenance. When resources proved scarce, the old woman began digging a hole, from which water miraculously flowed. The newfound waterhole attracted a multitude of diverse animals.

The old woman then proceeded to shape four islands, including Darwin, Bathurst, and Melville Island. She populated the surrounding waters with an array of sea creatures such as crabs, barramundis, mud mussels, longbums, stingrays, turtles, dugongs, and various edible fish. Following this, she crafted the islands while carrying her children on her back.

As the islands formed, both elderly and young individuals gathered, celebrating with fire and dance as they reveled in the abundance of water throughout the land.

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.