ABOUT NGARRU MIIMI
Lillardia Briggs-Houston is a Gangalu, Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri artist and designer living on Wiradjuri country who had the dream of capturing the spirit of her people through clothing and design.
Ngarru Miimi was created as a reflection of the strength in identity, pride in culture and resilience of Aboriginal Peoples, with the power of kinship and connection to ancestral lands being the backbone of Aboriginal communities. Ngarru Miimi embodies these values and tells the story of traditional practices handed down from generation to generation. Lillardia’s dream is to inspire all who wear Ngarru Miimi to feel the same sense of strength, pride and connection that we feel as Aboriginal people and to collectively showcase Aboriginal culture as a daily reminder that we are, and always will, stand strong on traditional lands.
Ngarru Miimi translates to ‘honey sister’ and symbolises the lessons taught to Lillardia growing up on her maternal grandmothers country - the Nharrangura people of the Wiradjuri Nation. As a young girl Lillardia's grandmother would take her out to surrounding bushlands to collect native bush honey from hollowed out gumtrees bordering the banks of the Marrambidya river. These early lessons established the enduring importance and value of family, culture and connection to ancestral lands.