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The National Indigenous Fashion Award 2021 nominees have been announced

National Indigenous Fashion Awards 2021

The time for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) has come around again, and this year's list of nominees has just been released ahead of the awards ceremony on August 3, 2021.

NIFA was brought to life with an aim to create and develop an awards event that champions innovation, diversity, and ethical practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector. From the Country to Couture fashion runway event that is held every August as part of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) program, NIFA has grown out of this event as another opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and fashion to be recognized and celebrated for what it is.

There are six categories to be considered for within the award ceremony, including, Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art Award, whichRecognises worn items, created as fine or expressive art, used to define or express culture; Textile Design Award, including designs of woven, knitted or other textile constructions, as well as dyed, printed or surface ornamented textiles; Fashion Design Award which recognises a commercial fashion label with a minimum of two collections of original design of clothing, jewellery or accessories; Social and Environmental Contribution Award, celebrating excellence and leadership in environmental and social development understanding, and practice in relation to textiles and fashion; Community Collaboration Award providing recognition of effective and productive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry, and the Special Recognition Award, for a group, organization, or individual that has shown an exceptional contribution to the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles and fashion.

For its second year, 30 designers and artists have been nominated for the awards. You can see a full list of nominations, below, and will be broadcast on NITV on August 3.

Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art

Cassie Leatham – Wild Blak Arts

Elisa Jane Carmichael 

Krystal Hurst – Gillawarra Arts

Lillardia Briggs – Houston – Ngarru Miimi

Lydia Baker – Bush Magic Metal

Michelle Woody Minnapinni and Rachel Freddy Puruntatameri – Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association

Paul McCann

Rhonda Sharpe – Yarrenyty Arltere Artists

Yvonne Odegaard – Moydra Designs


Textile Design

Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon – Ikuntji Artists

Deborah Wurrkidj – Babbarra Women’s Centre

Eunice Napapangka Jack – Ikuntji Artists

Francoise Lane – Indij Design

Keturah Zimran – Ikuntji Artists

Lillardia Briggs-Houston – Ngarru Miimi

Mavis Nampitjinpa Marks – Ikuntji Artists

Merrepen Art Centre

Rhonda Sharpe – Yarrenyty Arltere Artists

Wayne Connolly – Yarrabah Art Centre


Fashion Design

Denni Francisco – Ngali

Nancy Pattison – Indii Swimwear

Natalie Cunningham – Native Swimwear


Environmental and Social Contribution

Annabel Amagula – Anindilyakwa Arts

Liandra Gaykamangu – Liandra Swim

Mylene Holroyd – Pormpuraaw Art & Culture featuring Simone Arnol designs


Community Collaboration

Anindilyakwa Arts

Hope Vale x QUT fashion collaboration – Wuwu (Soul) collection

Ikuntji Artists– Publisher Textiles

Wayne Quilliam


Special Recognition

Bima Wear

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists


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