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9 July 2022 / leggypeggy

Fabulous fashions from Australia’s First Nations peoples

First Nations dress

Towera (Fire) 2020 by Lyn-Al Young, made of silk and cord

NAIDOC Week is one of Australia’s most important celebrations of the year because it showcases the history, culture and achievements of the country’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Top and pants

Seedpods top and pants (2019) by Grace Rosendale

Australia has a sad history in terms of how it has treated its First Nations peoples. I won’t go into those shameful actions because you can search for the details. NAIDOC started in 1938 as a Day of Mourning, and became a week-long event only in 1975.

First Nations dresses and accessories

Dresses by Julie Shaw (2019). Accessories by Margaret Djarrbalabal, Evonne Munuyngu and Mary Dhapalany

These days, First Nations people are beginning to receive the honour, recognition and attention they deserve. This last week has served up a feast of their accomplishments, stories, art, performances, recipes and more.

Legacy dress and accessories

Legacy dress and accessories by Peggy and Delany Griffiths, Anita Churchill, Kelly Anne-Drill and Cathy Ward

Today I want to share some of the magnificent fashions and textiles that made up Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion. The display was curated by Bendigo Art Gallery’s First Nations Curator, Kaantju woman Shonae Hobson, and featured about 60 works.

Indigenous wedding dress

Wedding dress worn by Miranda Tapsell in the movie Top End Wedding. Created by Bede Tungatalum, Heather Wallace and Robyn Trott

I saw it last year at the National Museum of Australia. Shame on me for not sharing it then, but I couldn’t let NAIDOC pass without bringing it to you now.

Indigenous textiles

Dilly bag textiles. Selina Nadjowh on left. Priscilla and Sylvia Badari, Lynne Nadjowh and Katra Ngabjmirra

I totally loved this exhibition and I so wish that it had or will travel more widely than Bendigo and Canberra. It’s simply breathtaking. The colours, textures, designs and so much more are so indicative of First Nations creativity. I struggled to add captions to the pics below. Thanks WordPress for changing things. Both dresses are by Shannon Brett.

As a complete aside, if you are ever interested in viewing and/or purchasing Indigenous products, please check out this website. Lots of great products.



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  1. Printer Drivers / Jul 9 2022 9:16 pm

    Nice model, it looks so lively

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  2. jeanleesworld / Jul 9 2022 9:39 pm

    I love how fabric can tell a story! And it’s cool to see how the cuts of fabric combined with the right color combination–long and flowing, short ruffles–even help me feel different emotions. Thanks so much for sharing, Peggy! xxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 9 2022 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much Jean. I love fabric and have hoards of it that I have bought over the years. Do you want some? I might be coming to the US and could send.

      Liked by 1 person

      • jeanleesworld / Jul 13 2022 4:56 am

        Oh, that’s a wonderful offer, Peggy! Don’t worry about me, though. It’s just wonderful to hear you’re getting ready to travel once more! xxxxxxxxx

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 13 2022 8:47 am

        I haven’t booked anything yet. Just a possibility. 🙂


  3. Kristine Howard / Jul 9 2022 9:39 pm

    They are all fantastic. When I was doing fabric printing (in 1987) I sometimes used aboriginal art as my inspiration. I made some up into casual wear for myself but got told that I should not be doing that. My prints were pretty basic compared to these beautiful designs.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 9 2022 9:43 pm

      Thanks Kristine. I’m sorry your personal items were criticised. I’d love to see them. Let’s have lunch sometime soon.


  4. Anna / Jul 9 2022 9:43 pm

    Fantastic exhibition! I love the colours of these prints.

    Liked by 4 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 9 2022 9:45 pm

      I wish it was all still on display. Maybe one day.


      • Anna / Jul 9 2022 9:48 pm

        I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if it ever comes Perth way

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 9 2022 9:49 pm

        Oh yes, maybe it will go west.


  5. fragglerocking / Jul 9 2022 10:50 pm

    They’re beautiful and I love how colourful they are.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. beetleypete / Jul 9 2022 11:01 pm

    Great to see more of this happening. The wedding dress is amazing, love the design.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Jul 10 2022 2:08 am

    Thank you for this very interesting post. I haven’t seen these types of prints before. Many of the people I work with are Dene First Nation, and I’m so happy that life is changing positively for them.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Sandy / Jul 10 2022 5:15 am

    Beautiful & vibrant textiles. The few souvenirs that I’ve never regretted buying are aboriginal prints. Thank you for sharing.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 10 2022 8:52 am

      I’m pleased I finally got it posted. I’ve been thinking about it for almost a year.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. barkinginthedark / Jul 10 2022 5:22 am

    Gorgeous prints. Thanks, Peggy continue…

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Yeah, Another Blogger / Jul 10 2022 6:39 am

    I wish this exhibit would travel to my part of the globe. The designs are fabulous.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Vicki / Jul 10 2022 10:38 am

    Very striking indeed.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. olivia2010kroth / Jul 10 2022 3:53 pm

    Such beautiful clothes! I am full of admiration for the colours and the motifs. Thank you for sharing this, Peggy.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. derrickjknight / Jul 10 2022 6:10 pm

    It is so encouraging to know that this happens – and you have photographed it well

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 10 2022 7:18 pm

      It is so very encouraging. I’m pleased that I got around to sharing it.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Popping Wheelies / Jul 11 2022 12:35 am

    These are nicely done, both style and use of color. Maybe not quite like someone in the US would expect. 😎

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen / Jul 11 2022 3:31 am

    So vibrant, and wonderful details!

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Rebecca Budd / Jul 11 2022 3:51 am

    My third time around for this post and brilliant display of creative endeavour. There are so many messages, symbols and history embedded in the clothes that we wear. These events spark conversation on diversity as well as the definition of inclusivity and exclusivity.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2022 1:29 pm

      You make excellent points. These clothes do a great job of featuring some of the messages, symbols and history that are important to our First Nations people.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. June Lorraine Roberts / Jul 11 2022 10:39 am

    Beautiful 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  18. gerard oosterman / Jul 11 2022 11:46 am

    World class fashion and inspiring.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. afterthelasttime / Jul 12 2022 1:58 am


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  20. paolsoren / Jul 12 2022 2:12 pm

    Well done Peggy. It is good to see how much acceptance these designs are getting.

    Liked by 3 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 12 2022 2:50 pm

      I have a couple of pieces with similar designs and I love them.


  21. MichaelStephenWills / Jul 12 2022 11:13 pm

    Wow though not a surprise. What talent!!

    Liked by 3 people

  22. Tony / Jul 13 2022 3:49 pm

    Nice photographs Peggy! Looks like a great exhibition. Sorry, I missed it. You are right we need to see and do more to promote first nations people. Particularly, as it is an important 12 months for the new parliament and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 13 2022 8:58 pm

      Thanks Tony, I’m hoping the Uluru State from the Heart gets adopted soon.


  23. barefeetbaristasarepeerk’d / Jul 14 2022 5:54 am


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  24. Alison and Don / Jul 15 2022 4:16 pm

    Oh wow, some of these are just gorgeous! I was out of the country a lot between ’75 and ’84 when I moved to Canada, but still, I’m amazed that I’ve never heard of NAIDOC until this year.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 16 2022 11:56 am

      I’m not surprised, Alison, that you weren’t aware of NAIDOC Week. It’s gained real exposure only in the last decade. This year there was quite a big (and deserved) deal about it.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. etravelersclub / Jul 19 2022 12:21 am

    Indigenous art – wow never seen before. Thanks.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 19 2022 8:45 am

      Glad you like it. Their art is very distinctive.


  26. mitchteemley / Jul 19 2022 8:30 am


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  27. Mthobisi Magagula / Jul 19 2022 11:34 am

    Wow those dresses are on point. The designer really has an eye for detail: especially that dress with a hat just like the use of colors both on the dress and the background…

    So Stylish and the designs from Australia’s best are mind blowing🔥🔥🔥🙌🙌

    Liked by 2 people

  28. Franciscop× / Jul 20 2022 6:50 am

    Dress’s are sweet man I like the patterns

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2022 7:29 am

      The patterns are very much Indigenous designs.


      • Franciscop× / Jul 20 2022 7:31 am

        Looks Great I would get if I had the money

        Liked by 1 person

      • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2022 7:33 am

        I don’t think any of these are for sale, so we can just enjoy looking at them.


  29. Kunstkitchen / Jul 21 2022 10:46 pm

    Welcome Back. What beautiful clothing designs. Thanks for bringing them to us. The colors and patterns of the fabrics are lively and refreshing.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2022 8:57 am

      It’s good to get going again. Hope I can maintain. Glad you like the fabrics.


  30. chattykerry / Jul 23 2022 1:15 am

    These are fantastic creations – love the natural colors.

    Liked by 2 people

  31. Stacey Guenther / Jul 25 2022 7:57 am

    Thanks for sharing these. I’ve always been a fan of the art of Australia’s Indigenous people.

    Liked by 2 people

  32. Edmund Sison / Jul 29 2022 4:08 am

    I read through your post and I think that it’s very well written and shares a great amount of Australian Indigenous culture through the photos and captions. I also like your perspectives on the exhibits. It made me very interested to see them in person one day, if I ever get the opportunity. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 29 2022 8:37 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I so love Indigenous art and culture. Glad you are appreciating it too.

      Liked by 1 person

  33. Belladonna / Aug 10 2022 2:07 am

    Absolutely love this! How stunning is the first, third and fourth outfit.

    Liked by 2 people

  34. Carol / Aug 17 2022 10:33 pm

    Just wow.. Both the colours and the designs are beyond stunning… Thank you for sharing…

    Liked by 2 people

  35. chapter18 / Aug 31 2022 7:19 pm


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  36. indianeskitchen / Sep 11 2022 12:37 pm

    What beautiful fabric!

    Liked by 2 people

  37. Anita / Sep 23 2022 6:26 pm

    Wow, I really enjoy these models, thank you for great sharing

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Kendall Kessler / Oct 3 2022 5:30 am

    Wow! Love the strong colors!

    Liked by 2 people

  39. Anita / Oct 14 2022 7:20 pm

    Waiting for new post, have agreat day. Kisses.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Oct 14 2022 9:53 pm

      Thanks Anita. I need to get busy. Gros bisous.


  40. Selina Stambi / Oct 23 2022 1:13 am

    Eye-catching fashions. Unique. First Nations people in North America have suffered hideous wrongs too. Will enough ever be enough to make things right?

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Oct 23 2022 9:32 am

      Sadly enough will most likely never be enough.


  41. Forestwood / Nov 4 2022 6:45 pm

    Impressive creativity on display here.

    Liked by 1 person

  42. / Nov 27 2022 11:57 pm

    Peggy, these are fabulous fabrics and beautiful fashion. Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are certainly talented, and it’s great to see them recognized for it. ~Terri

    Liked by 1 person

  43. robertcday / Dec 8 2022 9:09 am

    Have I never visited your blog before?

    Liked by 1 person

  44. recipesforyourgranny / Dec 19 2022 10:36 am

    WOW, love this post. Great stuff!

    Liked by 1 person

  45. dfolstad58 / Jan 1 2023 9:11 am

    Thank you for sharing and creating such a beautiful post. I am going to investigate the link you included to learn more about Naidoc and share it with my wife who identifies as Metis. Fashion is not really my thing but I still really appreciated the colour and fashions here. – Hugs ! – David

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Jan 1 2023 10:42 am

      Thanks David. Fashion isn’t really my thing either—I live in camping clothes—but these pieces are so striking. I’m glad Naidoc is receiving more attention these days. Sometime next year, Australians will be voting to add an Indigenous Voice to our constitution. Your wife might also be interested in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.


  46. Gail / Jan 6 2023 1:33 am

    Beautiful designs, styles, and patterns.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Jan 6 2023 8:58 am

      I’m so glad art by our First Nations people is getting much more exposure.

      Liked by 1 person

  47. Cynfranks / Mar 17 2023 4:00 pm

    I really enjoyed seeing these fashions. They are stunning. I know very little about Australian Indigenous People and found this fascinating. I know very little about American indigenous peoples.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Mar 17 2023 7:25 pm

      So glad you like the fashions. They are a very contemporary take on sometimes ancient Australian Indigenous designs. America’s Indigenous people also have fabulous designs.



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