WA fashion brand Kirrikin to showcase First Nations designs in the Middle East, and receive share from CAAR
WA-based Indigenous fashion brand Kirrikin is continuing its mission to take First Nations fashion global.
The label, owned by Wonnarua woman Amanda Healy, has been chosen as one of 12 projects to receive a share of $429,500 in funding from the Government’s Council of Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR).
The funding will aid Kirrikin’s Travelling Runways Program in a bid to participate in Dubai Fashion Week and showcase vibrant First Nations designs on a global stage.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our Indigenous businesses to engage and develop trade relationships in the Arab countries which is a completely unexplored market for us,” Healy said.
“We are also very keen to share knowledge and information on our deep Indigenous culture.”
The CAAR grants program aims to strengthen collaboration between Australia, the Middle East and North Africa, by advancing areas of shared political, social and economic interest.
The projects selected showcase Australian excellence and expertise in various fields.
“Australia shares important people-to-people, business ties and trade links with the Middle East,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong said.
“Supporting initiatives such as Kirrikin’s Travelling Runways Projects and elevating First Nations perspectives will strengthen our connections with the Middle East and across the world.
“The Albanese Government is using all elements of our national power to maximise Australia’s influence and advance our interests.”
Kirrikin, founded in 2014, was previously part of a group of Indigenous delegates who travelled to Belgium in May 2022 to showcase its designs to the Australian Embassy to Belgium, Luxembourg, and US Mission to the EU, and NATO.
The WA label took part alongside Liandra Swim, Ngali and MAARA Collective.
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