Worimi Apparel is the uniform division of Worimi Collective, owned and operated by Worimi man Jay Walton who has been designing and producing an impressive range of bespoke garments for some of the worlds leading brands since he started his own street wear label in 2001.
Jay started his journey in the clothing industry in 2001 when he started his own street wear label and in 2005 he was asked to produce corporate uniforms for a friend and this is when he quickly noticed a uniform market flooded with limited options for any brand after a unique look, so he decided to focus his “passion for fashion” on the uniform market and started his design your own uniform website www.custom-made-uniforms.com
Fast forward from 2001 to 2020 where Jay has created Worimi Apparel to bring together a selection of premium quality clothing brands to complement his range of custom uniform design.
Our website has been carefully curated to offer our clients a diverse range of stock uniforms which can be decorated and delivered world wide in the shortest possible time frames, whilst offering a custom uniform design and offshore sourcing service where we bring your ideas to life.
As a certified Supply Nation supplier its our mission to offer Supply Nation members unparalleled product options, value for money and reliable customer service.
The 3 rings icon in our logo represents the waterhole (as well as campsites) in Indigenous art and the turquoise green elements on our website represent the pristine waters of Forster / Tuncurry in the Great Lakes region of NSW that The Worimi and Jay call home.
This is Jay’s subtle way of storytelling through a brand and what he loves to do.
Speak to Jay today about bringing your uniform ideas to life by calling 1300 722 321 or emailing email@example.com
About the Worimi
The Worimi (also spelt Warrimay) people are Aboriginal Australians from the eastern Port Stephens and Great Lakes regions of coastal New South Wales, Australia.
Before contact with settlers, their people extended from Port Stephens in the south to Forster / Tuncurry in the north and as far west as Gloucester. British colonists had a perception that Worimi people were taller and stouter than those living around Sydney and were more prone to laughter than tears.
The Worimi were divided into 4 bands.
- Garuagal. (the country adjoining Teleghery Creek and along the lower Hunter.
- Maiangal. (sea-shore south of Port Stephens, inland to Teleghery Creek.
- Gamipingal. (northern side of Port Stephens, left bank of Karuah.
- Buraigal. (right bank of the Karuah up to Stroud
History of contact with British colonists
The Australian Agricultural Company was established upon an act of the British Parliament in 1824. The aim of the legislation was to further the cultivation and improvement of what it termed ‘waste land’ in the colony of New South Wales. In January 1826, a company agent, Robert Dawson (1782–1866), set up camp near the shoreline at Port Stephens. He confined his settlement activities to the coast, with farms on Stroud creek, outposts on the Manning River, stock-mustering in Gloucester Vale. Despite good reports, according to a modern historian, Dawson’s numerous improvements, were judged inadequate and the area around Port Stephen was seen as disappointing, with useless outskirts, the central zone rocky, steep and the Gloucester flats water-logged: sheep suffered from foot-rot The Company wanted to push beyond the hills that hemmed the settlement in, and Dawson was dismissed for mismanagement and replaced by the Arctic explorer, William Parry.
Dawson himself soon after published a vindication, and then a glowing account of the area, together with an account of the Worimi. He found the Worimi a ‘mild and harmless race’, and attributed any harm they might cause to the maltreatment they received from settlers, who elsewhere had been shooting them like dogs.
Of the situation around Port Stephens, he wrote –
There has, perhaps, been more of this done near to this settlement, and on the banks of the two rivers which empty themselves into this harbor, than in any other part of the colony; and it has arisen from the speculators in timber. The natives complained to me frequently, that ‘white pellow’ (white fellows) shot their relations and friends; and showed me many orphans, whose parents had fallen by the hands of white men, near this spot. The pointed out one white man, on his coming to beg some provisions for his party up the river Karuah, who, they said, had killed ten; and the wretch did not deny it, but said he would kill them whenever he could. It was well for him that he had no white man to depose to the facts, or I would have had him off to jail at once.
The Worimi fostered, cared for and lived on resources found within their country.
Marine food, especially shell-fish were favoured by people living closest to the sea. Due to the reliability of this resource it may have been preferred over land animals and vegetables. The latter two were used as supplementary foods and added variety to their diet. Animals that were abundant included kangaroos and goannas, possums, snakes and flying foxes. Vegetables eaten included fern roots, stalks of the Gymea lily, and the bloom of the banksia.
Modern Period Worimi
Today the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council is working closely with Worimi descendants to provide opportunities that promote, foster and protect the culture and heritage. In July 2016, the New South Wales government recognized 5.9 ha (14.6 acres) of the suburb of Soldiers Point as a place of historical value for Aboriginal people, noting the particular importance in cultural and spiritual terms that it held for the Worimi.