Bima Wear new clothing collection relaunch at Blak Dot in Melbourne
Relaunch of “Bima Wear” and meet the women from this iconic Tiwi women's enterprise. Bima Wear was established in 1969 on Bathurst Island, Northern Territory. Bima will showcase its new clothing range on 30 November 6.30pm at Blak Dot Gallery Brunswick. Hope to see you all there.
Bima Wear representative says,
“Our new clothing collection uses traditional and contemporary Tiwi elements of design on hand printed fabrics. The majority of the fabrics we print on are made in Australia, this means many of our garments are 100% Australia made. A rare find these days.”
“Our clothing includes tops, t-shirts, tanks, leggings, dresses and skirts – clothes for men, women and kids of all shapes and sizes.”
“People no longer have to travel by boat or light aircraft to the Tiwi Islands to purchase Bima Wear fabric or garments. As well as in our community store in Wurrumiyanga, our clothes are now for sale at outlets in Melbourne and Darwin, and soon to be on our website.”
Bima Wear has clothed Tiwi islanders for nearly fifty years, we are community owned on the Tiwi Islands, and 100% of the sale price of each garment is returned to the community. Bima Wear women direct their income and business activities to produce fashion collections, and integral services to the local Tiwi communities including day to day and occasion wear clothing for Tiwi, and printed material for funeral and ceremonial observations. Babies start life in Bima Wear nappies and at the end of life Tiwi are laid to rest with a Bima Wear customised coffin cover.
Bima Wear is expanding to the wider Australian market is now increasing its customer base in order to ensure the longevity of the Bima Wear brand workshop for generations into the future.
Models used in our images are local Tiwi young men and women who work closely with us to develop skills in modelling, deportment and to gain understanding and experience in set design and photography.
Bima Wear is an Aboriginal women owned, governed and operated enterprise.