Haudenosaunee / Akwesasne
Niio Perkins is an award-winning fashion designer and business owner, whose work has been purchased by and exhibited at galleries throughout North America. Her seminal work, a Haudenosaunee woman’s traditional outfit entitled “Emma,” was on display in the Native Fashion Now exhibition. She incorporates natural materials, heirloom fabrics and antique goods in her work and designs each piece inspired by the vibrant artistic tradition of her people. An expert in the Iroquois raised beadwork technique, her distinctive creations are sought after throughout the Indigenous art world. Niio is a Bear Clan woman of the Mohawk Nation and resides in Akwesasne, a Mohawk territory along the St. Lawrence River between the U.S. and Canadian border.