IamAnishinaabe is a mother and daughter design team - Delina White and Lavender Hunt. They are both members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Anishinaabe Nation, and reside on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in north Minnesota. Nookwakwii “Snowy” White is Lavender’s daughter and is the signature model for the IamAnishinaabe brand.
In the Anishinaabe language, Nookwakwii means “when it snows in the spring after the birds have returned”, because where they live, the birds fly south to warmer climates during the winter. Who better than Snowy to showcase this partnership Gudrun Sjödén “Aki” Collection?
Lavender created the design using traditional maple leaves, which when combined in the sacred number of four look like a snowflake. The number four symbolises the four directions that encompass all points of earth and time. The earth is our mother and it is important that we take care of everything that Mother Earth creates so that she can continue to care for us in a good, healthy way.
Delina has designed the cross-body bag, which has a traditional floral pattern specific to the Anishinaabe Nation and is crafted from metal, leather and sequins. The Aki dress and bag are designed in a simple style that evokes a strong message conveying the pride in our North American cultural heritage. The goal of this team is clear: to share the Great Lakes Woodland culture through design, cloth and beads.
It is a perfect mix of designers to collaborate in creating this collection. Gudrun Sjödén’s mission is to create brilliantly coloured, organic clothing, inspired by global cultures, for a relaxed lifestyle. IamAnishinaabe believes in incorporating natural influences into its magnificent clothing which is designed for everyone to wear.
The native people of the Great Lakes wear rich fabrics in bright colours to express their love of life, luxury, and leisure. We are honoured to have been part of this design collaboration. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to share our designs with the world and we look forward to seeing where this journey will take us!
Lavender Hunt, Snowy White and Delina White.
Three generations of strong women, with an abundance of energy, who design and create fashion shows in Minnesota. Gathered here at the Walker Art Museum in central Minneapolis for our photoshoot.