Bima Wear wins NIFA award
Congratulations to the ladies of Bima Wear for their Special Recognition Award at this year’s National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA). This year, 31 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers were nominated, with Bima Wear one of only six winners.
The winners were:
- Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art Award – Paul McCann (Melbourne, VIC)
- Fashion Design Award – Denni Francisco, Ngali (Melbourne, VIC)
- Textile Design Award – Eunice Napanangka Jack, Ikuntji Artists (Haasts Bluff, NT)
- Community Collaboration Award – Anindilyakwa Arts with Dr Aly de Groot and Anna Reynolds (Groote Eylandt, NT)
- Environmental and Social Contribution Award – Mylene Holroyd of Pormpuraaw Art & Culture featuring Simone Arnol designs (Cairns/Pormpuraaw, QLD)
- Special Recognition Award – Bima Wear (Tiwi Islands, NT)
The 2021 NIFA Special Recognition Award is richly deserved. Based at Wurrumiyanga, Bima Wear is a Tiwi women’s creative enterprise established in 1969, owned and operated by Tiwi women. Together, generations of strong Tiwi women have ensured that Tiwi culture is respected and celebrated through fashion, keeping up with technological advances and fashion trends.
As a result, beautiful Bima Wear textiles and fashion continue to gain recognition and popularity Australia-wide. The ladies’ commitment, hard work and achievement makes us all proud to be Tiwi.
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