IamAnishinaabe is a mother-and-daughter design team consisting of Delina White and Lavender Hunt. They are both members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Anishinaabe Nation, and reside on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.
Nookwakwii “Snowy” White is Lavender’s daughter and 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 we live, the birds fly south to warmer climates during the winter. Who better than Snowy to showcase the “Aki” Collection and the partnership with Gudrun Sjödén?
Lavender created the design using traditional maple leaves, which when combined in the sacred number of four look like an appliquéd snowflake. The number four symbolizes 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.
The cross-body bag, designed by Delina, has a traditional floral pattern specific to the Anishinaabe Nation and is crafted from metal, leather and sequins. The goal of this team is clear: to share the Great Lakes Woodland culture through design, cloth and beads. The Aki dress and bag are designed in a simple style that evokes a strong message conveying pride in our North American cultural heritage.
It is such a perfect mix of designers to collaborate in creating this collection. Gudrun Sjödén’s mission is to create brilliantly colored, organic clothing inspired by global cultures for a relaxed lifestyle. IamAnishinaabe also believes in incorporating natural influences into its clothing, which is designed for everyone to wear and in which to feel magnificent
The native people of the Great Lakes love to wear rich fabrics in bright colors to express their love of life, luxury, and leisure. We are honored to have been a part of this design collaboration and truly grateful for the opportunity to share our designs with the world. We look forward to where this journey will lead!
Lavender Hunt, Snowy White and Delina White.
Three generations of strong women with tons of energy who design and create fashion shows in Minnesota. Here, we gathered for our photo shoot at the Walker Art Center in downtown Minneapolis.
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