Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Australian Fashion, curated by Shonae Hobson at Bendigo Art Gallery, brings together for the first time a selection of garments and textiles by First Nations designers and artists from around Australia. The exhibition celebrates Indigenous art, history and culture through the lens of contemporary fashion.
Piinpi (pronounced ‘pin-pee’) is an Indigenous word commonly used across regions of East Coast Cape York Peninsula and refers to Indigenous ‘seasonal changes’ and the regeneration of Country. For centuries, Indigenous knowledge and connection to the land has played a pivotal role in art and culture for Australia’s First Peoples. Across the landscape of Indigenous fashion today designers and artists are sharing their stories through beautifully crafted fabrics and wearable art.
Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Australian Fashion combines Indigenous art and fashion to showcase an exciting and innovative array of designs that are uniquely and immediately identifiable as Australian with global resonance. Piinpi is presented at the National Museum of Australia by the Swayn Centre for Australian Design, and will open in February 2021.
Piinpi “When the flower blooms then you know piiwu (rock wallaby) come fat. Then it is time for burn grass, and then those flowers fall down on the burn grass place and the kangaroo eats them. When that flower is finished up, then that storm time finishes too.” Phyllis Hobson (Kanthanapu, Kuuku Ya’u Elder, East Cape York)