IKEA Canada teams up with Dene designers

IKEA’s limited-edition ÅTERSTÄLLA collec
Items from IKEA’s limited-edition ÅTERSTÄLLA collection © IKEA Canada
Emerging indigenous artisans upcycle fabrics for a limited-edited collection

Why do we love collaborations? Not only do they foster creativity, they can open up the world to new cultures, promote sustainability and train the spotlight on emerging designers and artisans working to establish their own businesses.

IKEA Canada is doing just that by teaming up with a local social enterprise, the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, based in Toronto, Ontario. On June 8, the Swedish housewares giant launched its limited-edition collection, called ÅTERSTÄLLA, which means “restore, heal or redecorate.” The Swedish word refers to the collection’s four items—an apron ($12.99), small bag ($2.99), basket ($3.99) and tea towel ($3.99)—that are made by upcycling remnants of IKEA textiles that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Sage Paul and Erika A. Iserhoff founded Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, a collective whose name is Dene for “grandmother,” as a way to empower young indigenous women and help them promote their indigenous culture through art, textiles, fashion and craft.

Each ÅTERSTÄLLA item is handmade and no two are alike. The products are available exclusively at the IKEA store in Etobicoke, while quantities last. Φ

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