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 "Confluence" Wool Blanket design, these vibrant crew socks are the perfect way to rock bold Tsimshian art on the go!
The Tsimshian people have understood since time immemorial that humans are not separate from the natural world, but merely a part of it. This includes an understanding that there is a human spirit inside all living things. This beautiful design by David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian) represents the powerful and inextricable connection between humans and the world around us, and is a reminder of our responsibilities to care for it all.
These stunning socks are adapted from the original hand-painted "Embrace Your Beauty" earrings created by Inspired Natives Project collaborator, Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo). The vibrant design features a color palette inspired by the orange seashell earrings with turquoise accents commonly found in Pueblo Country.
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.
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 bold "Tribute" Wool Blanket design, these vibrant crew socks are the perfect way to rock beautiful Diné art on the go!
This striking design by Jared Yazzie (Diné) pays homage to rug designs woven by his grandmothers. Within Navajo weaving, clues to where a rug has been woven can be found in patterns originating from specific areas, or colors of yarn dyed from particular plants.
Jared says, “While my grandmothers are no longer with us, these patterns and colors remain to tell us the story of where they come from. I felt it was important to show tributes to their design through my new work. It makes me feel as if I am passing along their legacy.”
Adapted from the "Faith" Wool Blanket design, these beautiful crew socks are an awesome way to rock cultural art on the go!
This design from B.YELLOWTAIL is inspired by the Apsáalooke (Crow) name given to Designer Bethany Yellowtail as a young girl: Ammaakeealaachelibaachiilakaacheesh, which translates to “Overcomes through Faith.” This name was given to her by respected Crow elder David Yarlott Sr. It was her family’s wishes that she always be guided, protected, and that prayer be an integral part of her life.
The “Faith” design is an acknowledgment to her name, her family, the people and prayers that have guided her. The hues of pink, blue, and green are specific to the Apsáalooke homelands that Bethany was raised on.
This design reminds Shirod Younker (Coquille/Miluk Coos/Umpqua) of the slough where tribes from the Oregon coast would cross over to get to the valley. The name "Slack Tide" refers to the time when his family would usually go out crabbing or clamming.
The bold design was inspired by a basket collected from the South Slough estuary by Daisy Wasson Coddington, who is a half sister to Shirod's great grandmother.
The striking “old time colors” – as award-winning artist and fashion designer Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock) describes them – are some of Jamie’s favorite colors to bead with and use in ribbon work. In her work, Jamie likes to incorporate bold designs that instantly catch the eye. This design is representative of the geometric aesthetic of the Plateau/Great Basin/Plains region.
Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock) is an award-winning artist and fashion designer. She specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces that are hand-executed exclusively by the artist herself in all details of process. Okuma has shown work internationally and has pieces in the permanent collections of The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
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