Setsuné (set-soon-eh) means grandmother in the Dene language and we use it to acknowledge intergenerational cross-overs, blood memory and oral histories expressed in fashion and the arts.
The Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator fosters and promotes the research, development and creation of works by young Indigenous women and mother artists (16-35) in fashion, textiles and wearable art. Setsuné is essential to the growth of Indigenous fashion and arts, connecting artists with industry, galleries and allies to create a respectful discourse and to promote Indigenous fashion and art among diverse cultures and sectors. Our annual Workshop Series serves as research and development for Indigenous artists and their work, providing an understanding of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous tradition and Indigenous and mainstream artistic techniques. The annual Collaborative Creation Project supports the creation of a group collection in fashion, textiles or wearable art, based on the workshop series theme.
Workshops are open to everyone to build understanding of our culture and traditions and to encourage strong partnerships. Indigenous women and mothers (16-35) are provided priority access to the workshop series, and full sponsorships as available to them.