Panels Series

Land-Based Fashion
November 29, 2020

Land-Based Fashion

A Leading Framework
While the mainstream fashion industry fumbles to balance its capitalist values and new commitments to environmental protection, Indigenous creators in fashion have always taken a sustainable land-based approach to design and production. Land-based fashion honours the gifts provided by the earth, transmits generational knowledge and skills, and generates creative designs that reflect the natural environment. This panel discusses the importance of land-based practices, how designers employ land-based frameworks to their fashion practice, geographically diverse methodologies and connections to trade. (Photo: Inuk 360)


Amber Sandy is Anishinaabe and a member of Neyaashiinigmiing, Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. She is an artist with a focus on leather work, beadwork, tufting and furs.
Bobby Qalutaksraq Itta is an Inupiaq fashion artist, and furrier. She was born and raised in Utqiagvik, Alaska.
Tania Larsson design contemporary, northern Indigenous adornment based on Gwich’in culture, created with land-based materials.


Riley Kucheran is an Assistant Professor of Design Leadership at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion and is also Associate Director of the Saagajiwe Centre for Indigenous Research and Creation