Bandicute Designs is a handmade, uniquely Australian label specialising in babies and children’s clothing, women’s accessories and home wares. The small business was born out of a love for being creative – drawing, painting, dyeing, printing, sewing – and always looking for new techniques to create beautiful, modern designs for baby and the home.
Bandicute designs are a mother and daughter team based on our beautiful farm in Gunning, NSW, Australia. All of their garments are hand-dyed, designed and sewn by us to create unique garments and home wares. They draw inspiration from nature and the beautiful Australian creatures that we are so blessed to have in our country.
Their kids range is made with natural fibres and designed to be on-trend but with comfort and durability at the fore front of their minds.
At presentBandicute Designs has two styles of product, children and baby clothing made from hand designed fabrics that showcase the amazing wildlife native to our country, Australia, and hand dyed shibori garments, accessories and homewares.
Both Ellen and Jess spend countless hours perfecting fabric designs and patterns, and sourcing the best quality fabric printers. Thir designs are exclusive to Bandicute Designs.
The mother-daughter duo also have a second passion which is ‘Shibori’ an ancient Japanese artform of resist dying using indigo dye. The fabric is first washed then carefully folded, scrunched or bound using elastic bands or string, and secured tightly into place. A special vat of indigo dye is made up while the fabric soaks in water. When ready the fabric is carefully lowered into the vat and left to soak under the surface for 5 to 10 minutes. When the fabric is removed from the vat it is coloured green, but a chemical reaction takes place as the dye oxidises turning the fabric blue. Only the exposed areas of the fabric bundles will take up the dye, with the deeper layers and tightly bound areas remaining white. This is what creates the amazing, intricate triangle, circle and scrunched patterns you see in our designs. The intensity of the indigo colour increases with the number of times the fabric is dipped into the vat and exposed to the air.