Fashion and art have an incredible power to tell stories, and there's no better example of this than "FLOW!" – a delightful collaborative collection by Tiwi Design and Ossom. At the Country to Couture 2023 runway in Darwin, this collection was set to dazzle and inspire, blending the worlds of fashion and indigenous art in a joyous celebration of culture and creativity. Let's just dive into the vibrant world of "FLOW!" and discover how it brings together fashion and art in a joyful symphony.

"FLOW!" is more than just a collection of clothing; it's a tapestry of culture and creativity. Ossom, our beloved slow fashion brand, and iconic Tiwi Design, one of Australia's oldest Aboriginal art centers, have joined forces to create this extraordinary collection (and it's been a third collaborative collection they present together at Country to Couture shows!). The collection draws its inspiration from the mesmerizing patterns created when a drop of petrol dances on water, resulting in a playful and sophisticated palette of metallic hues that exude an elevated and contemporary aesthetic. These colours transport wearers into a world of grace and elegance.

At the heart of "FLOW!" lies the artistic brilliance of Tiwi Design's renowned artists. The collection showcases three remarkable prints, each telling a meaningful story:

"Moon and Star" by Angelo Munkara: This print captures the celestial cycle of the moon and stars, symbolizing the passage of time and the interconnectedness of all things. Its vivid and captivating design sparks the imagination and invites wearers to dream beyond the stars.

"Pwanga" by Vivian Kerinauia: Inspired by nature's intricate craftsmanship, this print showcases the delicate beauty of a spiderweb design. It represents resilience, connectivity, and the interweaving of lives and stories, reminding us of the beauty in the little things.

"Wanarringa Sun" by Bede Tungutalum: This print radiates warmth and vitality, paying homage to the Tiwi skin group of the same name. It reflects the rich cultural heritage and vibrant energy of the Tiwi people, inviting wearers to bask in the sun's embrace.

In addition to these prints, "FLOW!" features two exclusive designs created specifically for this collection – "Ampitji Rainbow Serpent" by Alan Kerinauia and "Ampitji Rainbow Serpent" by Arnold Tipiloura. These designs seamlessly blend traditional symbolism with contemporary flair, embodying the ongoing cultural legacy of the Tiwi community.

"FLOW!" was set to make its grand debut at the Country to Couture 2023 runway alongside with 22 other collections from all over Australia that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles and fashion design. Supported by the Northern Territory Government and iconic Australian lifestyle brand Country Road, this event is a joyous platform for cultural storytelling and the sharing of knowledge.

Country to Couture has been presented alongside the annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) since 2016, creating a vibrant runway where innovative collections from Indigenous designers and artists across Australia take center stage. It also fosters unique collaborations between Indigenous communities and well-known Australian labels, showcasing the boundless creativity and infectious joy of indigenous culture.

"FLOW!" by Tiwi Design and Ossom is not just a collection; it's a celebration of culture, creativity, and joy. As it graces the stage at Country to Couture 2023 in Darwin, it invites us to embrace the essence of movement, grace, and elegance. This collection transcends boundaries and redefines style with a joyful spirit, reminding us that fashion and art can be a canvas for joy and cultural celebration. Don't miss the opportunity to get a piece from this extraordinary collection that tells a story of tradition, culture, and the infectious joy of life.


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