“If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you will force it into the realm of magic.”
Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
cowgirlblues is a Cape Town based business, designing and making fine crafted knitwear from top quality, natural and local fibres.
Currently our range includes clothing, accessories and décor items. Individuality is guaranteed through our focus on handcrafting techniques, and all-products are custom coloured in-house. We use traditional dyeing methods as well as continually experimenting with new and innovative applications of traditional processes.
We are all about personal connection. The crafting of our products involves many pairs of hands – from shearing the sheep and goats on Karoo farms, through spinning and dyeing the wool in our Cape Town studio, to knitting and crocheting the final pieces. Our materials are handled, touched, held, worked, softened and coaxed into their final form. And we think our customers can feel the difference.
As a business we value quality, authenticity, relationships, empowerment, sustainability, innovation and good design. These attributes are evident in the way we operate internally, in interactions with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, as well as in our products. cowgirlblues catalogue
cowgirlblues was started by Bridget Henderson, a medical school drop-out with an MBA from Insead who bought her first camera in 2001 in Kathmandu and discovered a passion for photography, colour and craft. Bridget has many years of corporate work experience (including Bain & Co, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, Unilever) both in South Africa and internationally, in operational roles, and as a consultant, coach and facilitator. She also comes from a family of “makers” on both sides of her family tree, and her 89-year-old grandmother still knits!