Media release Wednesday, 14 July 2021 – for immediate release

Announcing the First Peoples Fashion and Textiles Development Program in Partnership with DJPR

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce is calling for passionate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers based in Victoria to express their interest in participating in Australia’s first Indigenous Fashion Export program.

Whilst the Australian Fashion industry is taking notice and beginning to embrace our Country’s oldest artistic and cultural traditions, the foundations of what the Indigenous Fashion sector could look like, is yet to take on a definitive shape. Greater work needs to occur to allow First Peoples voices to lead and shape the sector to ensure harmonious progression and further work in ethical collaboration with the sector.

Through this program we aim to combine the renowned artistic talents of Aboriginal artists with emerging and established fashion and textile designers to facilitate the missing link between passionate Indigenous designers and ready to wear collections, to bring them to the world stage.

“We’re seeking a diverse range of Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creative entrepreneurs who are eager to develop their skills in fashion production, engage with local manufacturing networks, all the time being supported with export capability activities to help them enter the global market’ said Scott McCartney, CEO, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce.

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce has developed a Victorian First Peoples Fashion accelerator pilot project, to kick off an innovative First Peoples Fashion sector development program. This Program will create momentum in the development of sustainable pathways for small business, employment and other industry opportunities for creatives within the Fashion & Textiles industry.

We are looking to create a tangible solution to meet local Indigenous manufacturing needs and the global market potential, by building the capability of our Victorian based creative entrepreneurs with the end result, of a ready to wear collection for domestic and global markets

The Aboriginal fashion and textiles sector has evolved in the past few years to include a diverse cohort of new designers across streetwear, apparel and independent labels with strong existing businessesincluding:

Corina Muir who owns Amber Days, an ethical children’s wear label that aims to use certified organic fabricsand quality natural fabrics. They collaborate with Aboriginal artists to produce original fabrics and designs.

Annette Sax who owns Yarn Strong Brutha specialises in a range Aboriginal fashion scarves, homewares andceramics. 

Denni Francisco owns Ngali, a fashion label that profiles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and design through clothing and scarves.

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce support and advise Aboriginal businesses in Victoria through policy, advocacy and representation; and help improve visibility, strengthen networks and create opportunities. Kinaway represent a membership base of over 380 certified Aboriginal businesses in Victoria which span across 48 Industry categories. Kinaway looks to add value to the Indigenous Fashion sector through our expertise in economic development.

Kinaway Fashion & Textiles Development program

Applications close: Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021



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