Roopa Pemmaraju – new resort collection

By Staff | Women
Posted Apr 29, 2012

Aboriginal artists and Indian designer create latest ancient appeal

An Indian designer has collaborated with Aboriginal artists for a unique cross-cultural collection to be unveiled at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, which opens on Monday.

Roopa Pemmaraju has worked with indigenous artists from Desert Designs, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery and Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation to create a resort collection amalgamating their paintings with handmade Indian fabrics.

“We have never seen a more grounded, inspiring project,” said Stephen Culley, Desert Designs.

Pemmaraju moved to Australia from Bangalore six years ago, where she worked for American designer Tommy Hilfiger before founding her own eponymous label in 2006 with a vision to create ethically produced fashion working with Indian artisans.

”My main interest has always been working with artisans, so when I came to Australia I began researching how I could work closely with Aboriginal artist communities here,” Pemmaraju said.

The post was written by fashion editor Georgina Safe, and appeared originally in TheAge.com.au

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