Brazil’s Amazonian indigenous people hold 1st fashion show

Manaus, Brazil, Apr 2 (EFE).- An unprecedented show, with parades on the catwalk and exhibitions of the fashion and culture of several indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon, was presented for the first time to the public Saturday in the northern city of Manaus.

The “Storytellers” project by the Superior School of Arts and Tourism of the State University of Amazonas organized the Intercultural Indigenous Fashion Show of Manaus, in which the indigenous people themselves designed the clothes and walked the runway.

The show was held in Parque das Tribos, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous urban settlements, located in Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas and where families of 36 ethnic groups live.

Graphic art and its integration with fashion design was the theme of the exhibition, titled “Indigenous Graphic Art: Traditions, ancestry and contemporaneity” and in which handcrafted costumes, figurines, paintings and ornaments were displayed.

A total of 31 designers and artisans from the ethnic groups dressed 37 indigenous models of both genders and all ages, including the young autistic Felipe Silveira, who kicked off the fashion show wearing Tikuna designs by Natalia Cándido.

The ethnic groups that took part in the show included the Munduruku, Sateré-Mawé, Baré, Tikuna, Desana, Witoto, Mura, Tariano, Miranha, Karapãna, Kambeba, Kulina and Marubo.

Although some of the major fashion events in Brazil have included indigenous designers and models, the show in Manaus was the first one held within their community and fully organized by themselves.

The event also featured musical performances by groups that arrived from other cities on boats down the Amazon River. EFE


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