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Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

Bendigo Art Gallery invites you into the world of First Nations fashion and textile design at its latest exhibition.
By Emma-Kate Wilson
December 07, 2020
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By Emma-Kate Wilson
December 07, 2020
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Bendigo Art Gallery launched a brand new exhibition in 2020, and it invites visitors into the world of First Nations fashion and textile design. Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion runs January 17, 2021 and reveals the depth and diversity of cultures across Australia.

The title of the exhibition, Piinpi, is an expression from the Kanichi Thampanyu people (East Coast Cape York Peninsula) that reflects 'seasonal changes' and regeneration of Country. The gallery's curator, Kaantju woman Shonae Hobson, has commissioned works from some of the country's top designers. Those include hand-printed designs (using ancient techniques) by Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta woman Lyn-Al Young, Teagan Cowlishaw's sparkly Deadly Kween jumpsuit (made from upcycled materials) and sculptural wearable art pieces by Grace Lillian Lee.

Image: Grace Lillian Lee 'Body Armour'

Top image: Elisa Jan Carmichael, CIAF 2017 Saltwater Footprints Collection; Photo: Tim Ashton

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