Indigenous fashion designers get grants

More than 20 Indigenous companies and designers have been awarded one-time grants as part of a new program supporting First Nations fashion and textiles.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are from the Australian Council’s New Flourish Fund, which aims to encourage the growth of original design work.

Former AFL player Shawnee Edwards, founder of House of Darwin, plans to use the grant to expand the label beyond the Northern Territory.

“The Flourish Scholarship allows us to reach for the stars and try to take on top brands across Australia and the world,” he said in a statement.

House of Darwin is a social enterprise that spends its profits on programs in remote Aboriginal communities.

Gamemin Thread founder Tahnee Edwards will use the funds to develop an accessories line.

“This investment supports the continued strength, prosperity and visibility of First Nations textile design and fashion and its important contribution to cultural expression,” said Francesca Copello of the Australian Council.

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