The main themes in Beth's illustrations are animals and phrases in our language - all hatched and printed in the Cumbungi studio in Sydney, Australia. Cumbungi prefers to print on quality garments that are made locally as well as sourcing from foreign companies that are members of either the Fair Labor Association or Fair Wear Foundation. As well as looking after their workers, theses companies abide by the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production laws and codes of conduct; ensuring the garments have been created via an environmentally sustainable process.
Cumbungi is also the name of an intriguing reed-like, indigenous semi-aquatic plant found in various parts of Australia where there is water around two-three metres in depth. Plants very similar to Cumbungi are found in various parts of the world, known as Bulrush or Bullrush in the UK and Cat's tail in the USA.
Considered a nuisance by farmers for decades, in recent years Cumbungi has gained much respect as it's been discovered it plays a vital role in wetlands, assisting purification of water ways, removing pesticides, bacteria and other pollutants. It also provides shelter and protection for water birds and other aquatic organisms and creatures - many of which feature in Cumbungi Clothing's designs!
Historically too, Australian Aboriginals used the floury (gluten free bush tucker) rhizomes of Cumbungi as a staple food. Such a versatile plant! The Cumbungi plant is prominent in the Riverina district of New South Wales where Beth, the 'work horse' behide Cumbungi Clothing grew up.