Ngarru Miimi is a slow ethical fashion label handprinted, designed and constructed on unceded Wiradjuri country by Lillardia Briggs-Houston – a Wiradjuri Gangulu Yorta Yorta woman based in Narrungdera/Narrandera, Wiradjuri Country.
She produces all of her textiles works and garments by hand on country. Preferring slow, respectful production to ensure her cultural integrity and sustainable values are upheld through her work.
Roughly translating to Honey Sister, it was established to explore culture, self-determination and sovereignty through fashion and textiles, while showcasing the strength in identity; pride in culture and resilience of Aboriginal Peoples.
Lillardia aims to create change by using fashion and textiles to challenge perspectives of Aboriginal peoples and culture. That behind our beautiful artwork, textiles and designs there is thousands of years of culture and kinship that represents the true history of the many different nations across these lands – a history that has continually been pushed aside and hidden. Aboriginal fashion and textiles is a catalyst for social change and a conversation starter.
Lillardia's work has featured in publications such as Vogue Australia, Marie Claire, Wild Wellbeing and Peppermint magazine. She was also a dual nominee in the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards in 2019 for the 'wearable art and cultural adornment' and 'textile design' category.
Through each sustainable and ethical garment, Lillardia respectfully highlights the strength, pride and connection that we feel as Aboriginal people and collectively showcase Aboriginal culture as a daily reminder that we are, and always will, stand strong on our traditional lands.