Yawuru Jarndu first started operating in 1987 when it was established as an Indigenous women’s resource centre by Yawuru women, with the aim of recording oral history and preserving Yawuru language and culture. The organisation evolved into an arts and textiles business, offering training in screen printing and dressmaking, producing fabrics for clothing and home wares, designed and made by local Indigenous artists.
My name is Cynthia Taylu and I’m originally from Liberia, West Africa. The arts and the natural world intrigue me. Fashion is an amazing mode of self-expression and intertwines with so many things in life. I think fashion goes past what you wear – it’s more about how you feel inside.
"If you talk about the sustainability aspect it can kill the romance and excitement that fashion brings. Everyone wants the fantasy, to look good and feel fabulous. I wanted to create a commercial product that has quite a powerful story." Tegan Cowlishaw.
Rahma the Label strives to capture and represent a modern reflection of Ethiopian culture by preserving the essence of being African. All pieces are designed in Australia and produced in Ethiopia, with a focus on ethical textile development by artisans.
Harriet Jane is an original luxe eco women’s label that celebrates the beauty of nature. All designs are made using silks printed with Harriet’s original photography, the silk adds a visually luminous effect to the vibrant images of nature.
Maminydjama Magnolia Maymuru burst onto the Australian fashion scene as the first Traditional Aboriginal woman to represent Northern Territory at Miss World Australia 2016. In her first fashion editorial, Grace & Grandeur: The Eternal Beauty of East Arnhem Land, we take you behind the scenes, on set with the stunning beauty from Yirrkala.
Maminydjama Magnolia Maymuru, the first Traditional Aboriginal woman to represent Northern Territory at Miss World Australia, debuts in her first fashion editorial, Grace & Grandeur: The eternal beauty of East Arnhem Land for Ascension Magazine.
“Effortlessly beautiful and elegant. She really did take my breath away when she entered the boutique. I immediately knew that she was a gentle soul with a colourful story – she really was magnetic!” Con Iliopoulos, Creative Director and Designer – CON ILIO.
Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal, which means ‘Sea and Rainforest Dreaming’ in the local Yidinji language, brought the essence, art and culture of Queensland’s First Nations peoples to Melbourne Fashion Festival. Now, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is back with a brand new fashion showcase titled Jana Jaral.