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Warlukurlangu Art Centre collaborates with NNT Uniforms on Indigenous-designed uniforms

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Having created, designed and sold professional healthcare uniforms to frontline workers since 1962, in 2024 NNT Uniforms has joined forces with Aboriginal Art Centre Warlukurlangu for a special collection of uniforms designed by Indigenous artists from the art centre.

Warlukurlangu Art Centre produces and represents several talented Indigenous artists, with NNT Uniforms collaborating with artists Lynette Nangala Singleton, Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson and Glenda Nangala Briscoe on the collection.

Models wearing the new NNT collection designed by Warlukurlangu Art Centre artists. (Image: www.nnt.com)

With each artist curating and producing a different design, the three prints featured and available in this collection are significantly different from one another. With each artist specialising in different realms, all three designs share different cultural meanings.

Glenda Nangala Briscoe produced the Bush Tucker Jukurrpa (Bush Tucker Dreaming) design whilst Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson produced the Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) design and Lynette Nangala Singleton created the Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) design.

Glenda Nangala Briscoe's Bush Tucker Jukurrpa design. (Image: www.nnt.com)

With the selected artists' designs being printed across everything from medical scrubs to polo shirts and button-up blouses, NNT has ensured the collection is appropriate and suitable for a variety of frontline workers - no matter their gender or field of work.

Located in the Yuendumu community in remote central Australia, Warlukurlangu Art Centre promotes the maintenance of local Indigenous culture through First Nations People's art and artworks.

Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson's Pikilya Jukurrpa design. (Image: www.nnt.com)

Artwork licensed from the Indigenous artists who paint at Warlukurlangu Art Centre is turned into special, limited-edition prints that are used across a select range of NNT uniforms.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each garment goes directly to the artist and the community-owned centre – allowing them to further continue their important work. ​

Lynette Nangala Singleton's Ngapa Jukurrpa design. (Image: www.nnt.com)

Having recently celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2022, NNT has strived to remain relevant by creating uniforms that enable frontline workers to perform at their best, all whilst being comfortable and appropriate.

Collaborating with Warlukurlangu Art Centre has reinforced to both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous consumers that NTT is striving to continually create garments that reflect and respect today's societal norms and cultural preferences.

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