This NAIDOC Week, it's time to support First Nations artists, designers, and makers. Whether you love buying local or shopping ethically online, there's no better time to engage with the Indigenous creatives leading the next generation of fashion and art. From the ally-friendly pieces of social enterprise Clothing The Gap, to the loud, colourful, statement-making earrings of Haus of Dizzy, here are the creatives you should get behind.
CLOTHING THE GAP
Clothing The Gap is a Victorian Aboriginal owned and led social enterprise, designing energetic and trendy fashion pieces. Led by health professionals, the label aims to unite "non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people through fashion and causes, one of which is to help Close the Gap”. With a focus on advocating and motivating people for positive social change, their store has an excellent "ally-friendly" label system for those wanting to be part of the conversation respectfully.
If you're looking for vibrant and playful art that tells a story, check out contemporary Aboriginal artist Rachael Sarra. Hailing from Goreng Goreng Country, Rachael uses art as a powerful tool for storytelling, education and celebration, where she shares Aboriginal culture and its evolution across multiple mediums. With a feminine and engaging art style that favours bold colours, her work is super fun—and we are personally obsessed with her 2021 calendar!
Magpie Goose is a social enterprise clothing label that champions the celebration of Aboriginal culture, people and stories. Wanting to "create the best version of Australia", the label develops clothing collections that showcase unique stories from Aboriginal people across Australia; curating each collection as an "exhibition of stories" that introduce new people and experiences. With on-trend silhouettes and even a kids line, they have a fit for everyone.
MIIMI & JIINDA
If warm pastels and earthy colours are your vibe, you need to be across art business Miiimi & Jiinda. Founded by Aboriginal mother and daughter, Lauren Jarrett and Melissa Greenwood, Miimi & Jiinda's aim is to create beautiful and unique artworks that inspire and uplift senses. As proud Gumbaynggirr custodians, Lauren and Melissa use their art to tell stories and share interpretations of country, springing from their own personal cultural identities as Aboriginal women.
With summer just around the corner, there's never been a better time to support Liandra Swim. Fusing Aboriginal Australian Culture with on-trend premium designer swimwear, Liandra Swim has everything from seamless designs to striking prints. With all bikini's sold separately, you can mix-n-match styles, prints and sizes, while supporting the work of founder and designer, Liandra Gaykamangu; a Yolngu woman from North-East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory Australia.
It's time to take your yoga equipment to the next level by shopping Indigenous design mats (and activewear)! Spotlighting the work of Aboriginal artists, Jarin Street is an Aboriginal-owned business that aims to "provide ongoing ethical and sustainable support to the artists who contribute their work" to their products, responding to the industry's historical failures to protect Aboriginal artists and designs. Encouraging people of all walks of life to support Aboriginal art and business, Jarin Street's products are also high-quality and eco friendly.
HAUS OF DIZZY
Founded by the "queen of bling" Kristy Dickinson, Indigenous Australian brand Haus of Dizzy is a dazzling jewellery brand specialising in striking motifs, shiny bright acrylic, and fine metals. With colourful and bold designs, Kristy's work is insightful and statement-making; unapologetically creating conversations around First Nations community experiences, feminism, and self-empowerment through iconic (and ally-friendly) designs.