Charla Huber: Victoria should welcome an Indigenous fashion week – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on April 1, 201966 Views

March 31, 2019

I’ve been reading about Indigenous fashion as it pops up in the news, but I’ve never been able to experience it. Joleen Mitton is working to establish an Indigenous fashion week here in Victoria and I think that’s an exciting opportunity.

“Indigenous fashion is part of a slow-style craftsmanship; it’s very special,” said Mitton, a fashion producer of Cree and Blackfoot descent. “It can’t be made in a factory, it’s handmade and incorporates traditional materials.”

As I sat with Mitton, she showed me a high-fashion photo of a model wearing a wolf-fur jacket, then explained the fur was caught in a family trapline several decades ago.

“The fur is older than most people. Much of the materials used in Indigenous fashion are all traditional items that have been repurposed,” Mitton said, showing me other photos of items made out of moose tuft and beaver skin. “Indigenous fashion is very intentional and very cultural.”

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