IN­DIGE­NOUS ART TAKES THE PLUNGE

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential -

AUSSIE fash­ion la­bel Kir­rikin is tak­ing in­dige­nous art to the run­way, launch­ing its first re­sortwear col­lec­tion. The brand will un­veil its col­lec­tion of swim­mers and robes at the Fash­ion Coun­cil of WA’s in­au­gu­ral Swim + Re­sort Se­ries event in Perth over three days from Novem­ber 24. “I don’t want this to be a nov­elty item,” founder Amanda Healy told Con­fi­den­tial. “The time has gone for in­dige­nous stuff to be nov­elty, it has to be main­stream and it has to be hon­oured for what it is, which is the depth and beauty of our cul­ture, the age of it and the as­ton­ish­ing na­ture of some of our art­work.” Healy founded the busi­ness in 2014, the main fo­cus to date be­ing scarfs and ties with prints sourced from dif­fer­ent artists across the coun­try. A per­cent­age of prof­its from sales go to the artists di­rectly. “It is re­ally cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able in­come for the artists that may not have oth­er­wise ex­isted,” Healy ex­plained, adding that Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull has worn Kir­rikin ties.

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