Minnesota Indigenous fashion designers collectively hit the Duluth, NYC runways
May 23, 2022
MCGREGOR – Amber Bakanaga adjusts square cuts of fabric on her sewing table. Some plaids are green, white on black, or resting red on a cream background. But, what Bakanaga sees is much more than that.
A thigh-length jacket with wide sleeves that blooms at the wrist, she says, while holding a swath. “It’s going to be a half-zip hoodie with applique and ribbon work,” she adds, thumbing the other.
The Ojibwe fashion designer is behind