Designer embracesrich cultural fabric

Designer Jonte Pike will travel to Japan for a scholarship.
Designer Jonte Pike will travel to Japan for a scholarship.

The Marmion resident is one of three young WA designers selected to take part in the WA-Hyogo Banshu Fashion textile program.

This is the second time Ms Pike has received the scholarship, first as a graduate in 2011 and now as an emerging designer.

‘It’s really exciting because there are more opportunities now that I’m designing and have collections which are being sold,’ she said.

Ms Pike has been busy this year setting up her own label, Jonte La Mode, and working to expand her collection in the eastern states.

‘I’ve got some stockists in Sydney and Melbourne now as well as Perth and I featured at the Perth Fashion Festival this year which was really exciting and great to be involved in,’ she said.

The March trip will give the designers the opportunity to design their own fabric and have it produced.

‘It’s a great program because there’s a start and a finish to it where you see the development of the fabric,’ Ms Pike said.

‘It would be great to start using Banshu Textiles in my collection as well ” it’s such good quality and every designer needs something unique to stand out from the rest.’