Adapted from the beautiful "Salish Pattern" Wool Blanket design, these vibrant crew socks are the perfect way to rock bold Coast Salish art on the go!
This design was created by Louie Gong (Nooksack) after researching traditional Coast Salish weaving. Although our socks are created using modern technology, it was very important to Louie that he create a design that could be replicated with traditional Salish weaving methods.
Salish art is rarely represented in contemporary textiles, and Louie is proud to help push this particular, often overlooked form to the forefront of Native art and product offerings.
Adapted from the beautiful "Renewal" Wool Blanket design, these vibrant crew socks are the perfect way to rock bold Anishinaabe art on the go!
The "Renewal" design, which is characteristic of the woodlands floral tradition, tells the story of physical and spiritual renewal. It honors the land through representations of the wild plum flower, the water through our beloved wild rice, and healing through the dogwood flower, which is used to create traditional tobacco.
The scallop shapes on each end of the design – which are inspired by Sarah’s own hand-made regalia – symbolize the idea that humans are part of nature and that the renewal and revitalization of the land, water, sky and spirit require us to understand and practice our ancestral ways.
Adapted from the beautiful "Buffalo Medicine" Throw Blanket design, these vibrant crew socks are the perfect way to rock bold Blackfeet art on the go!
The buffalo was the staff of life for most Plains Indian Nations. Today the buffalo is still a central part of life, from food to ceremony. Originally drawn on the ledger paper used across much of John's work, this particular piece pays tribute to the power and sacrifice that the buffalo continues to give.
The bold design incorporates important symbols from Blackfeet art to depict rich concepts in a lively, graphic way. The lifeline, or sacred breath of the buffalo is represented here with an arrow, and the circles along the top and bottom borders depict stars. The cross symbol at the top of the design represents the Morning Star, which plays an important role in creation and ceremony among Plains Indian Nations.
This t-shirt features the 'Guardians' design, perhaps currently the best example of Louie's trend-setting merger of cultural themes. The primary design consists of two Chinese Guardian Lions (aka Fu Dogs) created using a mix of Northwest Coast and Coast Salish design elements. Louie decided to explore this theme after recognizing the overlapping (common) purpose of guardian lions and Coast Salish house posts, which both identify and protect important spaces.
The original 8' x 8' painting was created in 2013 for the Wing Luke Museum's "Cultural Confluences: People of Native and Asian Heritage" exhibition. In 2015, Louie was commissioned by the City of Seattle to paint a variation of this design on a bentwood box for Xi Jinping, the President of China.
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