About & More


 Awi mamanta (hello everyone), welcome to Bima Wear

Bima Wear is a Tiwi women’s creative enterprise based in Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.


Back in 1969 with the assistance of Sister Eucharia, we Tiwi women created our own clothing label Bima Wear - some of us still work here since we started fifty years ago.

Tiwi women proudly own and operate Bima Wear. We design, print and manufacture everyday, occasion and ceremonial wear that celebrates our distinct language and culture.

Bima Wear fabrics feature traditional symbols, structures, family and environmental representations that are central to Tiwi culture.


We want to make sure there will always be a place like Bima Wear for Tiwi women and girls for as long as we need it.

We want to make sure Bima Wear keeps making clothing for our community.

We want a future where Tiwi women and girls feel free to express ourselves, are in control of our lives and where we have financial independence.

We want Bima Wear to be a place for Tiwi women and girls to have cultural and enterprise leadership, autonomy and skills.


At Bima Wear we are our own bosses determining our work practices and schedules.

Only Tiwi women staff our island workshop. We engage external non Tiwi where needed to support our enterprise and the Bima Wear Incorporated Association.

In our workshop on Bathurst Island we are kept busy printing and manufacturing

  • the famous ‘tops and skirts’ worn proudly by Tiwi women on the islands, in Darwin, interstate and overseas
  • custom made coffin covers for funerals
  • ceremonial nagas for men, ceremonial skirts and tops for women
  • group uniforms for travelling Tiwi
  • outfits for our kids to wear to their first Holy Communion and Confirmation
  • wedding dresses, priest vestments and homewares 


We commission other ethical, small Australian makers, based on the mainland, to manufacture the majority of clothing and other products on this website. 100% of sales from this website goes back into Bima Wear.

The knit garments are 100% Australian made and manufactured. Woven fashion fabrics are no longer milled in Australia therefore our base fabrics are made overseas and hand-printed and sewn here in Australia.



After ordering online, you will receive an email confirmation containing your order details (if you have provided your email address correctly). We will normally confirm receipt of your order within a few minutes of ordering. We will send your goods via Australia Post, however if goods are unavailable delivery will take a little longer. Although the Wurrumiyanga Post Office is located next door to us, sometimes there are postal delays due to bad weather in the wet season and occasional lack of available transport off the island. This could sometimes mean a minimal delay in the delivery of orders. Please feel free to contact us and we will keep you up to date with your order. If you wish to query a delivery please contact us through our Contact Us page.


If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase we will give you a 30 day money-back guarantee from the time you receive the goods. Please contact us at our Contact Us page within that time if you are not satisfied with your purchase so that we can resolve any problems.

This refund policy does not apply to goods which have been worn or used, damaged after delivery, or if any attempt has been made to alter the product. All products must be returned in their original condition. All postage and insurance costs are to be paid by the buyer. We recommend that you return the product via Registered post and that you pre pay all postage. You assume any risk of lost, theft or damaged goods during transit & therefore advise you take out shipment registration of insurance with your postal carrier. Bima Wear will not be responsible for parcels lost or damaged in transit if you choose not to insure. Please note that in photographing, we have tried to portray our sample images as accurately as possible to show the true nature of the selected fabrics. Some fabrics we use such as cheesecloth and linen are known for their crinkle factor.