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The Awelye Travel Bag: A Collaboration with Mariah Torres Akamarre

At esmi Skin Minerals, we take pride in not only inspiring, empowering, and supporting our community but also in listening and learning from them. In our quest to explore the beauty and richness of Australian Indigenous art and culture, we came across the exceptionally talented Mariah Akamarre

Mariah, a 25-year-old artist from Adelaide, has a deep connection to her family's land in the Utopia region of the Northern Territory, which is vividly portrayed in her artwork. Her paintings are a beautiful depiction of the sacred traditions of the Anmatyerre and Alyawarre women.

Mariah's work resonates with us not only for its cultural significance and beauty but also for the message it conveys. Passed down through generations by her nanna, the late Barbara Weir and great-grandmother and famous Australian Aboriginal artist, the late Minnie Pwerle, Mariah took up painting her ancestors' story professionally at the age of 23.

"Art is in my blood."

Mariah's "Dreaming: Awelye (Teaching Awelye to young girls)" design represents the passing down of traditions from one generation to the next, a value that aligns with our brand's ethos.

The Awelye is a sacred tradition and is exclusively practiced by Anmatyerre and Alyawarre women. To celebrate Mariah's exceptional talent and cultural significance, we've launched a limited edition travel bag featuring her artwork, making it one of our most special collaborations to date.

In addition to her artistic pursuits, Mariah proudly supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to lead healthier lives. Through her community program, "George St Gym Community," she provides free fitness classes to the SA ATSI community. Her gym accommodates clients with children removing a significant barrier to fitness for the community and providing a healthy environment for the next generation. We are honoured to support Mariah in her mission to create a healthier and happier community.

Combining her love for art, culture, and wellness, Mariah has created "Mariah Akamarre," a business that sells printed yoga mats, duffle bags, and sweat towels.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the beauty and cultural richness of Australia's Indigenous people through our Awelye Travel Bag.