This post is brought to you in partnership with Bundarra.
Look, it’s November and most of us are looking to write 2020 off, so I think is time to start talking about New Year’s resolutions.
Other than the usual exercise more and eat less chocolate, in 2021 I want to shop consciously. I want to know that the purchases that I am making are helping a small business, or even better supporting a community. If you are looking to do the same then let me introduce you to Bundarra, the clothing company that supports Indigenous communities.
Bundarra recognises our First Nation people’s inherent wisdom and want to provide a platform so that all Australians can learn from this knowledge and wisdom while also developing an appreciation of Indigenous art.
Although Bundarra itself is a non-Indigenous owned business, they collaborate with Indigenous Artists and provide support to the Indigenous community. Over the last three years, Bundarra has directed a massive $1.5 million to Indigenous employment and training, artists, models, sponsorships, and direct community funding.
How did they do this, you ask?
Bundarra sell the most incredible clothing and accessories featuring stunning Indigenous artwork. It is important to Bundarra that the Indigenous artists that they work with feel empowered by the collaboration and know that their unique story is being shared. As a customer you can learn all about the story and the artist on the Bundarra site before you purchase the product.
This beautiful blouse showcases the artwork of Holly Sanders, Aboriginal Bundjalung woman who wants to share her stories, culture and Country with the world in a contemporary way. She is inspired by the patterns of Saltwater Country to tell stories of the past and uses colours and patterns to reflect her connection to Country.
When you shop at Bundarra you are not just getting a gorgeous, quality item of clothing, you are also gaining an appreciation and an understanding of Indigenous art and culture. The artwork and designs used in the Bundarra range are purchased directly from Indigenous artists placing the artist in control of compensation.
Bundarra also strives to provide support to the Indigenous community through employment and training in all areas of their business from development, to production, through to dispatch and then modelling.
Sponsorship of Community Events & Festivals
Bundarra launched at the Laura Quinkan Dance Festival in 2011. The festival takes place in Laura which is a central meeting place of important cultural significance in the Cape Peninsula. Performers from Aurukun, Bamaga, Coen, the Torres Strait Islands and many more come to the festival to celebrate their culture through the sharing of their stories, dance, music and art. Ever since 2012, Bundarra have sponsored this joyous celebration of Indigenous culture and are now the providers of marketing support and an eCommerce platform used that is used for ticketing.
Another cultural significant event that Bundarra sponsor is the Quandamooka or Wynnum Festival. Held in the Redlands Region near Brisbane, the Quandamooka Festival celebrates culture, country and people with over fifty events including cultural tours, workshop, traditional song, dance and music performances, Welcome to Country smoking ceremonies, storytelling and poetry and outdoor film nights just to name a few.
Clothing & Accessories
As well as featuring a beautiful and diverse range of Indigenous artwork, some of Bundarra’s collections feature ethically and sustainably sourced materials. A huge variety of styles are available on the website, whether you are looking for an outfit to workout in, a warm hoody, a fishing shirt or a stunning blouse to wow your co-workers with, Bundarra has something for every occasion.
Art has brought people together for centuries, it is a unique way for cultures to share their stories with one another in a mutually accessible way. Through fashion, Bundarra is providing a platform to share the art, stories and experiences of our First Nation’s people.
“We believe in sharing our platform, resources, and connection into the community, to generate a wider audience and louder voice for the First Nations people. Our goal is to create positive conversations through art and fashion.” – Bundarra.