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OSSOM is hitting museums!
A wonderful fashion show CURIOSITY & THE CLOTH took place in September in WA Museum in Perth, Western Australia. A fashion event like no other, it featured designers from Kenya, India, Malaysia, and Thailand alongside First Nations designers from Western Australia & Northern Territory (that's us!). More info about this event Fashion - IOTA21 (indianoceancrafttriennial.
Two dresses that we have created in collaboration with Ikuntji Artists and Flying Fox Fabrics for the Frock On 2021 were presented at the fashion show and will be open to the public at Curiosity &The Cloth exhibition in WA Musem. The Frock On project brought together 28 talented makers/fabric aficionados from around Australia and the USA and 70+ meters of fabulous hand-printed fabric designed and produced by Ikuntji Artists. We are so thrilled with the collaborative outcomes and proud to work with such honored artists who designed the fabrics we worked with - this year Eunice Napanangka Jack has won the Textile Design category for her 2020/2021 Textile collection at the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA)! To read more about NIFA go here NIFA 2021 Nominees - NIFA | National Indigenous Fashion Awards
Ikuntji Artists is a member-based, not-for-profit, Aboriginal art centre. It is situated in the community of Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji), and has a board of seven Indigenous directors all of whom live and work locally. Haasts Bluff has a population of around 150 people. Make sure you check incredible artworks and textiles on their website - Aboriginal Art from Central Australia near Alice Springs (ikuntji.com.au)
We are really pleased that our dress in dusty rose Tencel featuring gorgeous Puli Puli print by Keturah Zimran won the Fabulousness (sheer over-the-top-ness) Award! When you work with handprinted fabrics, the main goal is to elevate and celebrate fabric design, and we are glad that we could do it with the dress style we have chosen.
Here is link to CURIOSITY & THE CLOTH Fashion Show Curiosity & the Cloth: IOTA21 Fashion Event - 2021.09.19 (Full Show) on Vimeo We love how each designer is on a journey of discovery within the material culture of their homeland, whether through craft, surface decoration, shape, or environmental sustainability by up-cycling and re-purposing discarded or pre-worn garments. Many translate traditional aesthetics and ancestral visual language into internationally recognised brands, creating new fashion narratives that are deeply rooted in the culture of place.