ÅTERSTÄLLA Textile Collection

Introducing the ÅTERSTÄLLA Collection, developed in partnership with IKEA Canada and Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator. Made from salvaged IKEA textiles that would have otherwise become waste, Setsuné and the Ts’kwe Makers Atelier team have crafted this material into beautiful products that support cooking and eating. Traditional Indigenous practice is that nothing goes to waste and this collection captures that philosophy. Our hope is that each item in this collection is used at home with that intent. Each of the items in this collection is handmade and unique. This collection was made through our Ts’kwe Makers Atelier program and will be available only at IKEA Etobicoke starting June 8, 2017.

In Swedish, ÅTERSTÄLLA means to restore, heal, or redecorate, speaking to the “upcycling" approach – turning a waste stream into something of higher value. Working with salvaged IKEA textiles reflects the traditional Indigenous philosophy to “use everything" and applies it to urban, everyday living. The collection consists of 2000 handmade pieces of four fabric products: an apron, small bag, basket and tea towel. The four items together symbolically represent the Indigenous “traditional kitchen" for transporting, storing, preparing and feasting food.

"From this IKEA project, I developed a further understanding and appreciation for the amount of work that goes into producing a major textile collection for a major company. I am thankful for this experience and opportunity... and for the long-lasting friendships and bonds that also developed from working together"
Rosary Spence
Ts'Kwe Maker
Apron
Multi-purpose item for cooking, gardening or crafting. Setsuné adapted three strips of ribbin in a way that is commonly used on Indigenous dress, textiles and design.
Basket
Store and display fruit, vegetables, herbs and medicines. The land on which this collection was created was traditionally foraged for food for sustenance.
Tea Towels
Multi-purpose item for keeping tidy or bundling special items. Bundles are significant in Indigenous culture for eating and ceremonial practices.
Small Bag
Store herbs, teas and medicines.

The Collection

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You know what I'm sick of? Designers and textile artists appropriating my peoples designs, calling it "tribal" and exploiting it for profit. That's why we need more opportunities, such as this one, for Indigenous designers and artists to represent their own authentic works.
Theresa Stevenson
Ts'Kwe Maker

The Ts'Kwe Makers