Bunya nut cushion


Locally hand-screen printed and hand sewn, this versatile, compact-size cushion is perfect for the home or travel. So much more than decorative cushion, this beautiful design of the Bunya nut by artist BJ Murphy, is symbolic of an important historical story for South-East Queensland about gatherings, coming together, trading, sharing skills and knowledge and feasting, just as you would at a modern picnic. The cushion is an envelope pattern with no zipper or buttons. For outdoor use, we recommend you use a waterproofing spray to protect the fabric. This item is screen-printed and made in Brisbane, Australia.

The Ban:ji – Bunya Tree (Araucaria bidwillii) is a sacred tree to the Jinibara (Lawyer Cane/Bara- Group/People) and was a staple food source for my ancestors. Many of these beautiful nut bearing trees have been cut down by logging since the early1800s. Their pine was a well sort after wood in early colonisation around “Durundur” now named Woodford. Traditionally, tribes would come from afar to attend the ‘Bunya nut gathering’, and the Jinibara would be hosts. As a Jinibara man, I keep an eye on the bunya, showing my children how together them when in season and shucking the bunyas to get the seed out. I teach my children different ways to eat the bunya nuts. As an artist, I tell the story of my connection to the bunya and their significance to my people through my art which keep these cultural practices alive ~ Bj Murphy

This items is a part of the Moreton Bay First Nations Collection, presented by Creative Arts Alliance and Aboriginal Art Co with support from Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Regional Arts Services Network.

100 % Cotton

Cold machine wash. Wash with like colours. Do not bleach. Line dry in reverse. Do not tumble dry. Do not iron on printed fabric. Do not dry clean.

Cushions are 40 x 40 cm. Please note: all cushion covers are hand sewn, please allow slight variation in sizing.

Meet the Artist

BJ Murphy

BJ is a visual artist, curator and songman, who is dedicated to the continuation of his Jinibara culture.

Meet the Artist