The National Indigenous Fashion Awards in Darwin showcase the growing fashion industry

First Nations fashion is about much more than just clothing.

According to one of the people behind the National Indigenous Fashion Awards, the fast-growing industry is a gateway to greater recognition of First Nations people and culture more broadly.

“When we come together as Australians to make decisions about things like [Indigenous] voice in parliament… people will have a better understanding,” said Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Chair Franchesca Cubillo.

“Because they’ve had those conversations with First Nations people, because they’ve bought those textiles or seen paintings or fashion.

“All of these important first steps allow First Nations people to take their place in Australia and be valued and appreciated.”

Prices started during the 2020 COVID lockdown. (Supplied: Dylan Buckee)

The third annual NIFAs – which see Indigenous designers and artists from across the country recognized for their work – were held in Darwin last night.

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