Collection Online
silk (satin), (crepe de chine), Boulder opal
(a) 94.0 cm (centre back) 110.0 cm (width, at hem) (poncho) (b) 55.0 (centre back) 165.5 cm (width) (bodice) (c) 72.0 cm (centre back) 55.5 cm (waist, flat) (tunic) (d) 124.0 cm (outer leg) 29.0 cm (waist, flat) (harem pants) (e) 58.5 × 76.0 cm (headscarf) (f-g) 6.5 × 9.0 × 23.0 cm (each) (slippers) (h) 47.0 × 17.0 × 0.7 cm (bag) (i) 20.5 × 15.5 × 1.4 cm (pendant)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1982
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Not on display

Jackson began making visits to the opal fields in Lightning Ridge in the early 1980s. It was during these trips she began to appreciate the beauty and luminosity in the different varieties of opals. Opalinda shimmers with pigments inspired by the deep veins of colour emanating from the gemstone. The multi-layered outfit is made from the Opalindia fabric Jackson designed and had hand printed in India. The tunic is of Rainbow Boulder Opal fabric created by Deborah Leser is her interpretation of Jackson’s opal motif on batik.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)