Indigenous Australian textiles

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We’re still working on developing podcasts featuring Indigenous Australian sewing and textiles. Contact us if you are available to produce a podcast.

Until we can arrange some indigenous Australian podcast, here are some great articles
from NITV on
How Indigenous designers are challenging the fashion industry.
The Aboriginal fashion designers sharing dreamtime stories on the world stage
Indigenous art from the Great Sandy Desert finds a place in fashion
This vibrant Instagram account is showcasing Australia’s best Indigenous fashion
Iconic skirt from inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week exhibited in Sydney
Noongar designer to showcase world’s first high fashion Aboriginal shoe on home soil
Melbourne fashion festival: Sharing ancient stories through fashion
‘Like a walking gallery’: Art and fashion intertwine for Commonwealth Games showcase
Artists from Mornington Island star in their own fashion campaign
Slow fashion: model diversity couldn’t come sooner

If you’ve never watched NITV, here’s their history.

Albertini – Couture evening wear featuring Aboriginal printed fabrics
Babarra Women’s Centre – Bábbarra Women’s Centre enables local women to develop and run women-centred enterprises that support healthy and sustainable livelihoods. The Centre has supported the lives of Aboriginal women in the community of Maningrida and on surrounding homelands.
Black Cat Couture– Bespoke dressmaking service specialising in Indigenous textiles and vintage sewing patterns
Bima Wear – This is a Tiwi women’s creative enterprise and fashion label based in Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands off the northern coast off Darwin.
Raw Cloth NT
Batchelor Institute – Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education sits uniquely in the Australian educational landscape as the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dual sector tertiary education provider. Under its ‘Both-ways’ philosophy, the Institute significantly provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens to a mainstream education system.
Clothing The Gap – Clothing The Gap is a Victorian Aboriginal owned and led social enterprise. They are a fresh and dynamic fashion label managed by health professionals that celebrate Aboriginal people and culture.
Deadly Denim – Designed by Bec Barlow, a Whadjuk Ballordong Nyungar woman where she upcycles for her fashion label.
Faebella – This activewear brand incorporates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork into the designs of its products.
Gammin Threads – is an Australian fashion label born from a love of typography, language and black pride.
Injalak Arts – Aboriginal not-for-profit in Arnhem Land
Magpie Goose – Local artists are paid and recognised for their collaborations.
Native Swimwear Australia – This is 100% Aboriginal owned and operated company.

Aboriginal fabrics sell any length of fabric using traditional designs.
M & S Textiles Australia works with these creative artists in making their stories heard.
Dreamtime Kullilla Art sell indigenous print fabrics so you know you are purchasing quality, genuine, proper royalty-paid Aboriginal Art.
North: Indigenous textiles made my local artists.
Robbie Ruben is a textile artist and mentor that has helped support the development of textile design with remote Aboriginal art centres for over a decade.
Publisher Textiles and Printing.

Make sure you take a look at the upcoming Bendigo Art Gallery exhibit. Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion will be exhibiting from 05 SEP 2020 – 29 NOV 2020.

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