Dunsborough Mulies team jumper designed by Aboriginal artist Lea Taylor

Dunsborough Mullies vice captain John Ward and captain Terry Allen in their team jumper designed by Aboriginal artist Lea Taylor. Image supplied.
Dunsborough Mullies vice captain John Ward and captain Terry Allen in their team jumper designed by Aboriginal artist Lea Taylor. Image supplied.

The Dunsborough-Yallingup Mulies football club will proudly showcase their newly designed jumpers this 2021 season, designed by local Aboriginal artist Lea Taylor.

The team were joined by Taylor on April 16 for a heart-warming jumper presentation night at the John Edwards Pavilion in Dunsborough.

Taylor, an award-winning artist and weaver with connections to Wadandi, Menang and Koreng nations in WA, said the design of the jumper came through her connection to country.

"I'm a fair-skinned Aboriginal woman and I often get questioned about my Aboriginality," she said.

"People asked me what does the design mean. It's a DNA helix. Its saying 'it's in my blood'.

"Footy is in your blood. So it seems appropriate you wear something so significant to so many different people."

The idea for an Aboriginal designed jumper came from Mulies player Chris Ioppolo, who was inspired by the artwork he sells through Bay Gallery.

The team have a long-running connection to the local Aboriginal community through past players.

Dunsborough Mullies vice captain John Ward in his team jumper designed by Aboriginal artist Lea Taylor. Image supplied.

Dunsborough Mullies vice captain John Ward in his team jumper designed by Aboriginal artist Lea Taylor. Image supplied.

The Best First Year Player is awarded the Nobby Phillips medal, and an annual memorial game is played in honour of Kyli Manchester to pay respect to past Indigenous players.

Taylor said she was proud the Mulies were wearing an Aboriginal design.

"It gives strength when you carry something so close and so powerful to you," she said.

"Like me with my Aboriginality, and like you guys with your footy and the mateship it brings as a team."