Oro shares culture and beauty during FJFW

Oro shares culture and beauty during FJFW

By Abigail Sorovi
Monday 05/06/2023
[Photo: Helen Oro Designs]

An indigenous Canadian fashion designer is aiming to inspire the youths in Fiji and Canada and also showcase her culture and their beauty.

Helen Oro was one of the 24 designers that showcased her line at the Fiji Fashion Week last weekend.

She says if the youth decide to get into fashion and design, they do not have to be just local but they can also share it to the world.

Oro is from the first group of indigenous first nation people of Pelican lake Band from Saskatchewan in the middle of Canada, and her label is called Helen Oro Designs.

She says one of her designs which is beading is a form of prayer, healing and story telling and her collection is a love letter to her sister that has passed.

Oro says many of her pieces are influenced from menโ€™s and women's regalia and sharing the beauty of her culture.

The designer further says she started beading to really teach herself patience and it was more of a learning thing and she also wanted beautiful jewelry but being a young mother she was not able to afford things for herself because most of her things went to her children.

Helen says she quickly learned how to make her own and started thinking outside the box and pushing herself.

She later got invited to a small local show to showcase her collection of bead-work with another designer and sparked a light in her that she can go into fashion show and share her work.

She says ribbon skirts are normally worn for ceremonies, however now you will see more young girls and women are wearing it for work, for school and for everything.

Oro says she was excited to showcase her collection which is based around her traditional indigenous art and incorporating a modern and contemporary flare.

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Some people targeted through impersonation scams requesting money to be sent via M-PaiSA
Vodafone Fiji is making M-PAiSA users aware of scammers as some people have been targeted through impersonation scams requesting money to be sent via ...
4 hours ago
I hope the world will find the courage and will to reform the global financial architecture โ€“ Prof. Prasad
If the world continues to muddle through as it has done for decades, it will deny small island states the opportunity and openings that we so justly ...
4 hours ago

Fully integrated Pacific region with a visa free arrangement is a crucial part of a short term fix for major skill migration โ€“ Prof.Prasad
Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Biman Prasad says Fiji is currently going through a major skill migration and this has the potential to harm our ...
4 hours ago

Urgent need for a rule-making system that safeguards common interests and minimizes risk and mistrust - Rabuka
Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka has addressed the pressing challenges faced by the Pacific region, including the consequences of the war of ...
5 hours ago

We are working with Congress to invest US$40 million in the Pacific Islands Infrastructure Initiative - Biden
The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden says he is working with Congress to invest US$40 million in the Pacific Islands ...
5 hours ago

SODELPA, NFP and FLP representatives call for participatory elections for the municipal councils
Representatives of SODELPA, National Federation Party and the Fiji Labour Party are calling for a participatory election for the municipal ...
6 hours ago
EBayShop Online Recruitment scam
The Consumer Council of Fiji has issued a public alert about a group of individuals running a deceptive pyramid scheme known as โ€œEbayShop Online Recruitment.โ€
1 day ago

7 Grace Road Group executives declared prohibited immigrants in Fiji after decisions by the South Korean Government and a request by Interpol
7 Grace Road executives in Fiji have been declared prohibited immigrants by the Fijian Government, it has been made clear through government ...
1 day ago

Bainimarama and Qilihoโ€™s trial
The trial of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho begins
39 days ago