For many Indigenous women, wearing traditional clothing and designs was all but relegated to the pow-wow trail or ceremonial grounds. If they were also lovers of contemporary fashion, they often had separate wardrobes for their mainstream and ceremonial lives, and to some respect two identities.
However, in the last 20 years there has been an explosion of indigenous fashion designers. Clothing artists; Dorothy Grant, Tammy Beauvais and Alamo Edzerza, are working hard to bring the beauty of Native designs into the mainstream fashion world. Their contemporary clothing designs are functional, affordable, and showcasing traditional designs have help a new generation of proud native women close the gap between their two worlds.
Now these beautiful pieces of art can be seen on young and old alike, on the streets of every city and community in the country. The only word you can use to describe their eye-catching and conversation-starting pieces of art is; BLING-TASTIC! This pow-wow inspired trend, is bringing that celebration of native beading beauty to the mainstream. These earrings scream one line “LOOK AT ME, I AM BEAUTIFUL AND PROUD OF IT!”
The online buzz and profile of these artists and the collecting of this wearable art is becoming increasingly popular. The Artists go by cheeky online names like “The Wife Beader” “Sparkleondesigns” and “Creative Native” Their cheekiness matches their flashy style. Basically, there is only one rule in this art form, the flashier the better!
Whether its clothing or accessories, pride in native designs is on the rise. Don’t miss out on getting a piece of these artists, as this trend towards melding fashion, native design and Bling is only going to get bigger! Wear loud and wear it proud!