Joongarrabah is a peak that overlooks the Tweed and Gold Coast Region. This iconic landmark is a vital part of the local cultural landscape.
For many generations, this special place has been significant in the teaching of “Garrima”, or 'respect'.
2018 Commonwealth Games – Commissioned Design
In collaboration with Recycled Mats, the mat design was also part of a specially commissioned series for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 to celebrate the coming together of nations from across the globe to partake in sport, culture, art and entertainment.
The Garrima design was created to promote the beauty, culture and traditions of the local Indigenous people of the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 team was instrumental in their work to highlight Indigenous culture across the entire competition, with Indigenous art and design featured on uniforms, on the Games Mascot Borobi, on the flags, posters and signage, and in homewares and interior design in the Commonwealth Games 2018 Festivals & Events spaces. There was so much to be marvelled at, that we had the best time putting together this blog post for you!
We are honoured to have played a part in this process and are thrilled that our collaborations with local artists were highlighted in such a public space.
Our eye-catching Garrima recycled plastic mats were featured in the "Jarjum" (meaning, "All our children") Learning & Play Space at the Commonwealth Games, and also in the VIP Green Room.
Designed by local Fingal artist Christine Slabb, the 'Garrima' cultural mats were a roaring success in the space, and we received lots of enquiries about them from visitors and spectators. We adore this addition to the Recycled Plastic Mats range and its modern take on ancient wisdom.
Like the majority of our recycled plastic mats, 'Garrima' is a reversible mat, so you've two choices on how to display your mat on picnics, camping and caravan holidays, outings, and days on the beach. Mainly teal, or mainly navy? Which one will you choose? They are super lightweight and easy to store too. Check out our video on how to fold a round recycled plastic mat!
Click here for an interesting read about teaching Aboriginal culture in primary school.
What can I do with my mat when it reaches the end of its lifespan? Read about our exciting new initiative for re-purposing those mats that have reached the end of their life at this link.
Name of Design
garrima mat 3m
Origin of Design
Aboriginal Australian, 10% paid to artist
Origin of Artist
Fabric / Materials
Recycled plastic, comes in a recycled and reusable carry bag
These mats are reversible. Photos show both sides of the same mat. Mat colours may differ slightly from the images shown due to the different inks used in individual print runs. Designed in Australia, manufactured in China or India. NOTE that sizes are +/- 5% due to weaving techniques in manufacturing and may not to be 100% as stated. If using on a slippery surface, non slip mesh recommended underneath.
All our floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene. Follow our guide to mat maintenance for cleaning and storage instructions. Our floor mats and playmats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but extensive exposure to sun or rain will lead to fading and deterioration over time.
Not suitable for children under 3 years
- The prettiest play mat you ever did see
- Bring the sky and water into the classroom with this design
- Lay it beneath activities to catch paint and glitter spills
- Use it for school outings and excursions
- Sports events, presentation nights
- Family reunions and long weekend gatherings
- BBQ areas, patios and poolside
- Camping and caravan trips - go from camp to glamp!
- Not designed for permanent, long term sun exposure as this may cause premature deterioration