INDIGENOUS ART TAKES THE PLUNGE
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.