Inspired by Ashley Chitty
'Birak' pays respects to one of the 6 six seasons on Noongar boodja country where Chitty grew up, and is her birth season. The beginning of Indigenous seasons aren’t dictated by certain days or months, but by the change of weather, flora, and fauna. Birak is the first summer, hot and dry, and is regarded as the season of the young. Young animals leave the nest and start venturing beyond into the world. This playful image evokes the feeling of skating – embracing the season of the young, freedom, and remembering to be young at heart.
The colours of Birak are encapsulated in the mustard yellow suede outer with coral pink laces and eyelets. The skate’s lining was a collaboration with Perth's Kamsani Bin-Salleh (@Kambarni). Kam is a Nimunburr/Yawuru/Ballardong artist who uses the natural world to inspire his work and has provided his abstract interpretation of this Noongar season.
- aluminium alloy plate
- white 82a polyurethane wheels
- sturdy polyurethane toe stops
- 8mm Abec 7 bearings
- padded foam lining
- cushioned tongue
- embroidery logo on tongue
A royalty from every set of Birak’s purchased goes directly to Chitty, and $10 goes to their not-for-profit organisation of choice, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation works in over 400 remote communities. Being able to read opens so many doors. But in very remote Indigenous communities, books are all too scarce and literacy levels are so much lower than anywhere else in Australia. The ILF’s purpose is to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous families by not only gifting thousands of new culturally appropriate books – with a focus on early literacy and first language - but also by running programs to inspire the communities to tell and publish their own stories.
Get behind Chitty and this great cause when you purchase the Birak crew skate.
Please note these will be shipped directly from Chuffed in Australia so please allow for additional shipping time.