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Black opal Lightning Ridge poncho

screenprinted polycotton
120.0 cm (centre back) 88.5 cm (width at hem)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1992
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Not on display
Reversible long poncho with a high cowl collar. One side screenprinted with the black opal design in various colours from silver, purple, brown, white, pink, and black reflecting the colours of the landscape. The reverse side screen printed with the rainbow opal design in various bright colours, red, orange, purple, turquoise, blue and green.

Jackson first visited the opal mining towns of Lightning Ridge and Yowah in northern New South Wales in 1980 and since then she has retained a connection to the area, returning to the opal festival each year. Over the years the opal has remained a deep source of inspiration for Jackson, and along with her fashion collections, she has created opal jewellery and also a perfume called Opalessence. In the Flaming Opal Follies parade of 1981, which was to be Jackson and Kee’s last combined parade, creations titled Boulder opal, Black opal and Yowah nut graced the catwalk.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)