We are very excited to introduce you to Yarn’s latest addition: Ardi Bawa. Ardi Bawa is a small 100% Indigenous owned business that creates a sustainable alternative to modern disposable nappies. Their nappies are both cute and practical, featuring original Indigenous designs. We talked with owner and founder Rohani Bin Sahari to find out more about the mission and inspiration behind Ardi Bawa.
Why did you begin Ardi Bawa?
“As a young mother of two boys I started using the old style cloth nappies, then found the Modern Cloth Nappies (MCN). I couldn’t find any Indigenous designed nappies so I decided, why not design my own.”
What does Ardi Bawa mean?
“The name Ardi Bawa is derived from the Bardi Jawi language from the Northern tip of the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of WA. The meaning is ‘Northern Babies’.”
What is Ardi Bawa’s mission?
“To mainstream Indigenous designed MCNs that are both beneficial to the environment and the health of the baby.”
Tell us about the sustainability aspect of your business?
“Not only are MCNs more environmentally friendly than disposables, we endeavour to minimise our impact on the environment by reducing the amount of plastic waste that goes into landfill. We use recycled and biodegradable materials where possible.”
Tell us about the nappies’ gorgeous designs?
“Our nappies are designed and inspired by the Kimberley colours. The red cliffs, the red and yellow sand, the pink sunsets, the blue waters, and the local animals found around the Kimberley.”
Who creates the designs?
“All designs have been created by myself with input from my partner, kids and family to make the final decision on which designs I print.”
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Ardi Bawa?
“We have a few new designs coming soon and also a swim nappy.”
Ardi Bawa’s gorgeous designs are now available on Yarn.