“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 dye house and design studio specialising in wool and mohair.
We take a hands on approach to manufacturing our signature products, each of which is individually crafted, using a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques.
Our natural raw materials come from animals reared sensitively and sustainably on Karoo farms. Products are finished and dyed by hand in our Cape Town studio. And all of our materials are handled, touched, held, worked, softened and coaxed into their final form.
We think you’ll feel the difference!
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.
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 90-year-old grandmother can still knit!