About



The Brand

AARLI's an Independent Indigenous Australian fashion brand. We specialise in sustainable + ethical street wear, apparel and accessories.
Since its establishment in 2013, AARLI has endeavoured to build its own unique aesthetic through the use of next generation storytelling textile prints, sustainable and ethical processes.
Past collections consist of upcycled dead stock denim, vintage and mens jeans that have been reconstructed, designed to create womans street wear. Our upcoming limited edition upcycled deadstock collections consists of screen printed organic sustainable textiles and upcycled remnant unisex products from Australian designer brand OCC Apparel.
The AARLI ambassador is independent and confident who is stylish while simultaneously choosing fashion with a conscience. 
AARLI product are sustainably sourced and ethically manufactured in Australia.
We are proudly 100% Indigenous owned and operated business.

 

2016 Honorary Fashion Award -Territorian "Home Away from Home"

Photo Credits - Mark from Images NT

Designer background - TJ Cowlishaw 

TJ Cowlishaw kinship lies with the Bardi people (grandmother's ancestry), of the Kimberleys, Western Australia (Family name: Hunter) and she is an descended from the Chinese Pirates of Shanghai (grandfather's ancestry) (Family name: Jan).

Her Indigenous heritage has led itself to the name of her label, AARLI. The fish, or Aarli in Bardi language (from the Broome area in Western Australia) is a personal Totem of the creator of AARLI. Through her lovingly constructed garments she chooses to use the symbology of her people to inspire her work. Also Aarli are symbolic of her water connection to Mother Earth, to the Dreaming, therefore her collections are centred in her Indigenous roots, combining with her modern-world upbringing. Bringing forth clothes and accessories that embody in their entirety these principles and ethics.

The Bardi people are the Indigenous Australians from the area north of Broome and parts of the Dampier Peninsular in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Djarindjin, Lombadina and One Arm Point are three Bardi communities in the area.

Map of Aboriginal Australia

The Map of Aboriginal Australia was created by David Horton and is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996). The map attempts to represent all language groups of the Indigenous people of Australia. However, it indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people, which may include smaller groups, such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. Boundaries are not intended to be exact and are not suitable for use in native title and other land claims.

The Bardi people are the Indigenous Australians from the area north of Broome and parts of the Dampier Peninsular in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Djarindjin, Lombadina and One Arm Point are three Bardi communities in the area.

Click here to view interactive map.

Acknowledgement

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map, D R Horton, Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, 1996