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Photo by James Giles.

The annual showcase of First Nations textiles and fashion design.

Supported by the Northern Territory Government and iconic Australian lifestyle brand Country Road.

Country to Couture is where First Nations textiles, fashion and art collide in a colourful showcase of creativity from across Australia.

A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles and fashion design, Country to Couture is a contemporary way of cultural storytelling, and sharing knowledge. The event builds on the growing textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities, and has been presented alongside the annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) since 2016.

The high energy runway presents innovative collections from Indigenous designers and artists across Australia, as well as unique collaborations between Indigenous communities and well-known Australian labels.

Jessica Mauboy, DAAFF Community Ambassador, 2022, photo by Wayne Quilliam, video by Global Headquarters, with thanks to Marrawuddi Arts & Culture

Country to Couture returns to Larrakia Country with a record 22 collections across TWO different shows on Tuesday, 8 August, 2023! 

The Details: 

Venue: Darwin Convention Centre, Exhibition Hall 1, 10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, NT, 0800

Tickets: $40-$85 via Darwin Festival

Show 1: 5.00 pm – Tuesday 8 August 2023
Show 2: 8.00 pm – Tuesday 8 August 2023

Doors open 30 mins before the show, each show duration 1 hour, 15 mins. Each show presents different collections.

The Collections: 

Show 1: 

  • Bábbarra Women’s Centre, with Raw Cloth, Jemimah Jemimah, Young Daluk, and The Social Studio, ‘Daluk’
  • DandalooSu, by Su Lousick, ‘Ode to The Song, Why I Wear Black, by Johnny Cash’
  • Injalak Arts Centre, ‘Rarrk’
  • JAG X Lucy Simpson, ‘Of Place’
  • Jedindi, by Jedess Hudson, ‘Bijarril: To Dream’
  • Nagula Jarndu, ‘Balu Burugun’ (Plants From Country)
  • Numus Designs, by Naomy Briston, ‘Larrakia Gulumoerrgin Seasons’
  • Datlarwa Designs, by Chantelle Amos x Yvonne Odegaard, ‘Gun-gwa Gwoyelwa Gulumoerrgin (This is Larrakia Country)’
  • Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct, ‘Immersion’
  • Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, ‘Tharrama’ (Smile)
  • Yinjaa-Barni Art, ‘JinaJina’

Show 2:

  • Anindilyakwa Arts, ‘Bush Dye Capsule Collection’
  • Ardi’ol Arts, ‘Bardi Way’
  • Gwarli Nangala, by Joanne Gwarli Nangala, ‘Gwarli Nangala’
  • Hope Vale Art & Culture Centre x QUT, ‘Gumbiil, String, The Ties That Bind us Together’
  • Ikuntji Artists, ‘lkuntji Collection’
  • Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre, ‘Tnuntha nurnakanha’ (Our Animals)
  • Lillardia Briggs-Houston, ‘Walumarra’
  • Miimi & Jiinda, by Melissa Greenwood and Lauren Jarrett, ‘Burraaba’ (Unearth)
  • Tiwi Designs x Ossom, ‘Flow and Go’
  • Wendy Hubert x Nancybird in Collaboration with Juluwarlu Art Group
  • Yapa Mali, by Maddy Hodgetts, ‘Yapa Mali’

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