New pet accessories range features indigenous design

A unique range of pet accessories has launched this month, showcasing the artwork of talented Australian indigenous artists.

Designs by Pauline Napangardi Gallagher from the Warlukurlangu Artist Co-op in the Northern Territory will be featured on items such as luxurious leather collars and leads, stylish canvas dog beds and ceramic bowls.

The collections, available from Outback Tails, will also include grooming products such as dog shampoos and coat freshening sprays infused with native Australian bush extracts such as Tasmanian Pepper Berry and Emu Apple. A percentage of the sales proceeds will go back into Gallagher’s community.

Outback Tails founder Jessica Knight says she was inspired by her passion and love of animals combined with an appreciation of Australian design, indigenous art and native Australian ingredients.

"I wanted to create a uniquely Australian range of pet accessories that showcased contemporary Australian design, art and craft without the clichés," she explains.

"I originally came up with the concept when I was asked to create a range of 'Aussie themed' pet products for the US market but the idea of stuffed koala dog toys and dog beds printed with typical Australian icons really didn't excite me. That’s when I decided to do things a bit differently and the Outback Tails concept was born."

The collection is available now.

By Marion Gerritsen