Fashion In Focus

Fashion In Focus - with renowned weaver and fashion designer Kiri Nathan

July 7, 2020

Kiri Nathan is one of New Zealand's most renowned Maori fashion designers, and has positioned herself as the guiding light for many young indigenous designers looking to find their way in the fashion world.  Along with her husband Jason, himself a skilled self-taught carver of Pounamu, Kiri has led designers to push their own boundaries both locally and around the world, including taking a group of 15 Maori creatives to China on a hikoi to understand first-hand how the biggest world markets operate.  Murray caught up with Kiri off the back of her 2020 MNZM honour to discuss how indigenous designers can uphold their traditions and culture in today's marketplace without compromise.

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