The inaugural year of the NIFA has seen over 30 designer and artist nominations from the textiles and fashion design community and we’re thrilled with the calibre of talent and innovation across each of the six award categories.
1. The Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art Award
Recognises worn items, created as fine or expressive art, used to define or express culture.
2. The Textile Design Award
Includes designs of woven, knitted or other textile constructions, as well as dyed, printed or surface ornamented textiles.
3. The Community Collaboration Award
Recognition of effective and productive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry.
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4. The Special Recognition Award
For a group, organisation, or individual that has shown exceptional contribution to the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles and fashion.
5. The Environmental and Social Contribution Award
Excellence and leadership in environmental and social development understanding, and practice in relation to textiles and fashion.
6. The Fashion Design Award
Recognises a commercial fashion label with a minimum of two collections of original design of clothing, jewellery or accessories.