Red Ridge The Label launches the Diamantina Collection.

Posted: 28th Aug

Clothing designed in the Outback, made in the Outback, for the people of the Outback. 

Red Ridge the Label's debut collection, Diamantina, highlights artwork from Wangkanguru and Yarluyandi women Aulpunda ‘Jean’ Barr-Crombie and Anpanuwa ‘Joyce’ Crombie from Birdsville, Queensland.

The collection brings you authentic designs inspired by the simplistic yet enriching canvas of the outback.

Born from the red sandhills of central western Queensland, Australia, Red Ridge the Label shines a spotlight on central western Queensland Aboriginal artists by expressing their work in beautiful fashion.

The debut collection, Diamantina, highlights artwork from Wangkangurru and Yarluyandi women Aulpunda ‘Jean’ Barr-Crombie and Anpanuwa ‘Joyce’ Crombie from Birdsville, Queensland.

The artists, also known as Two Sisters Talking, bring the culture of their country alive in their art, painting a deep love of the country from river to desert.

Diamantina is named after the region where the artists grew up and features prints interpreted in natural fibre garments:

  • Children’s Playground by Aulpunda ‘Jean’ Barr-Crombie; a gathering place for children when older generations get together to have their ceremonies
  • Pathways and Camps by Anpanuwa ‘Joyce’ Crombie; passing on spiritual knowledge by travelling on pathways to camps.

Coordinating plain linens compliment the silk print pieces while a range of accessories and handbags complete the collection.

“This collection is an opportunity for people to see where we come from,” said Joyce.

“We are so passionate about our country,”

“Mum and dad shared the stories [from the artwork] and this is our way of teaching the younger generation. They learn from us. Our language is our art,” said Jean.

“To have these stories on different materials, and even a catwalk, means so much to us. We are telling our stories through our artwork and these dresses - that is a first for us.

“If we don’t pass our culture on to our young ones, we will lose it.”

Watch the Launch video here: https://youtu.be/MMI2LCCbMUU

Watch the interview with the artists Joyce Crombie and Jean Barr-Crombie here: https://youtu.be/HPhFs7gAV4s

Get in first and shop the Diamantina collection here: https://www.redridgethelabel.com.au/