Gary the Major Mitchell Cockatoo Purse | Wicker Darling
We are beyond delighted to introduce you all to Gary the Major Mitchell (mate, call him Gazza)! An icon of Australian fauna, and a glorious and colourful exhibit of Australiana that would make Ken Done proud (we hope!), our beautifully pink and white Major Mitchell cockatoo bag features a resplendent crest of red and yellow, lovely pink leather handles, and obviously pink being an every day neutral will this bag will match seamlessly with everything in your wardrobe!
Our Major Mitchell bag is our latest bespoke design, designed by Jasmine in Melbourne, and handmade using traditional weaving techniques by our artisans in the Philippines. Featuring sustainably farmed and harvested rattan, leather, and linen for his lining.
As of 25 May 2022!
Please be aware Wicker Darling director/owner Jasmine is on holiday May 26 through June 20. The Wicker Darling Team will be doing their best to run the business over this time, however we may experience some delays or have to defer judgement calls on challenging matters/things outside the team's control until Jasmine has returned.
Gary the Major Mitchell and Tango Toucan (pre-orders placed late July 2021): Have arrived in Australia; presently going through quarantine inspection. We anticipate these being posted by end of May.
Hippolyta the Hippo (pre-orders placed in late August): Have arrived in Australia; presently going through quarantine inspection. We anticipate these being posted by end of May.
Frank the Sausage Dog (pre-orders placed late September): Weaving is complete, presently being painted. ETA late July 2022.
Pelican Bill, Aramis the Mouse (pre-orders placed in late October 2021): In final stages, shipping arrangements being made. ETA late July 2022.
Emily Bronte-saurus (pre-orders placed in late October 2021): In final stages of weaving. ETA late July 2022.
Wally the Wombat and Jingle Belle the Reindeer (pre-orders placed in late November 2021): ETA late July 2022.
Joan Triceratops (pre-orders placed in late January 2022): Completed, shipping arrangements in progress. ETA August 2022.
Vince the Cat, Elle-ephant the Elephant Bag, and Nell-ephant the Clutch (pre-orders late February 2022): All in the weaving stage. ETA September 2022.
Platypurse the Platypus, Shelby Turtle (pre-orders late March 2022): All in the weaving stage. ETA October 2022.
Brutus the Shark (pre-orders late March 2022): Completed, shipping arrangements in progress. ETA late August.
Morris the Scottish Terrier, Bone coin purse, Chipolata Keyring (pre-ordered late April): ETA November 2022.
Banger and Mash Sausage Dog clutches (pre-ordered late April): Weaving is complete, presently being painted. ETA November 2022.
Persephone and Percy Peacock (pre-ordered late May): ETA late December 2022.
Please be aware that in the instance of requesting a cancellation on a pre-order, a $60AUD cancellation fee will apply to cover our administration costs. To learn more, read our full FAQs.
Handmade to Order
Our handbags are designed in Australia and lovingly crafted by hand by our weavers in the Philippines. As such, each and every bag will have minor differences, whether it's in the wicker, leather work, or placement of other finishings. These are not faults, but rather a signature of hand craftsmanship from natural materials, and we consider these minor differences to be what makes every bag a unique piece of art. While every effort is made to photograph the true colour of our designs, monitors may display colours differently.
Due to our bags being made-to-order, upon occasion our ateliers may need to substitute materials used in the sample designs with different materials due to supply shortages. Where this occurs, the ateliers will do their best to find the closest possible substitute, and ensure the overall design remains consistent with the sample.
Worldwide complimentary shipping is offered with all orders, and covers your tracking number and full insurance! Customs and other tariffs are the responsibility of the customer. Please email our customer service team at to discuss express shipping rates.
We ship once a week, pending Australia Post availability.
Australia Post is experiencing significant supply and postage delays, and is periodically pausing collections of mail. While we aim to post our in stock bags ASAP, please be aware postage is likely to be slower than usual as a result.
For detailed information see here.
Wicker Darling bags are woven from sustainably, ethically harvested rattan. Our ateliers source rattan from local co-ops and farms to support their communities and to minimise the distance the materials travel. Rattan is sustainably grown, harvested by hand, and by-products are composted.
Bags are handmade by traditional artisans, providing employment with a focus on marginalised communities and nurturing traditional skills and handicrafts, and fostering micro-businesses and individual artisans.
The overall aim is to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible, and to provide meaningful, fairly paid employment opportunities to our Filipino artisans.