No More Cute Warbonnets: Reclaiming Indian Fashion
Mainstream fashion has too often exploited the most revered icons of tribal life. A leading historian of Indian fashion says it’s time to call a halt.
Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) wowed the judges of the Project Runway television competition with this blue dress studded with mic pendants; one called it "Techno powwow". The mica sheets, an important traditional material from the Taos Pueblo people are enclosed in silver hoops forged in the blacksmith shop of Michaels' stepfather and hand-sewn on the dress.
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