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This design is inspired by the traditional Indigenous Australian Coolamon — a multi-purpose vessel used by Aboriginal women to carry water and gather bush tucker as well as to cradle their babies! Also inspired by Indigenous dot painting, impregnated dots running along the belly of the object produce an appearance that is like a spine or animal tracks.
The Coolamon is made by first using high pressure water to produce a smooth vessel. The object is then pressed to create the pattern and texture on the surface.