Our Story

“This story has been decades in the making! It all began with my Mum…

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Since we were babies, my Mum proudly dressed us girls in smocked dresses and my brothers in Christopher Robin outfits. She has smocked since she was in her early twenties, and has passed on her love of smocked dresses to her children and grandchildren.

She has made several smocked dresses for each granddaughter. I adore dressing my daughters in these ‘works of art’ and I truly believe that they let little girls be girls.

Smocking is a skill that takes incredible patience

After many compliments and requests for my Mum to make dresses for my friend’s children, the concept of Bunny and Mouse was born. From the outset, we always knew that we wouldn’t just be a smocked dress company, but rather an entity that empowered and grew our local community.

Smocking is a skill that involves incredible patience and time, as each dress can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks to make. It is a dying art as it is incredibly time consuming and almost everything is stitched by hand. It is a true labour of love!

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We earmarked a team of men and women at the Valley of a Thousand Hills Community Helpers Centre in the Inchanga township, who were in some way or another unable to hold down a job that involved too much labour, as their health was compromised and/or were unable to travel great distances to and from work. We spent many hours teaching them basic smocking skills and now they are the backbone of the Bunny and Mouse production team.

The name Bunny and Mouse was a play on my daughter’s nicknames. Charlotte was nicknamed Bunny because of her incredible energy (and she loves to bounce around like a bunny!) and Catherine was nicknamed Mouse, because when she was born she was so quiet like a little mouse (WAS so quiet, not anymore).

Each and every dress has been crafted with uniqueness, pride and precision. We encourage you to take your time on our site to quietly browse and select a dress that suits your little girl and her unique personality!”

Claire Mayers
Bunny & Mouse, Owner

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