In my c quest to find inspirational textiles I made my way to the wonderful Native American festival in Vienna, MD . The festival has celebrat the astern traditions of the Nause-Waiwashfor 21years. They featured vendors from around the country and put on a of performances. The audience was treated to a breathtaking experience for the senses; the music, incense, dancing, and food made for a perfect day.
But, I was there for the clothes, and I was not disappointed. The main event, dancing in the sacred circle, was a wonderful display of textile glory. We got front row seats and were able to see all the best action. The dancers came from around the country represent 40 different tribes. This was a wonderful way to experience several tribes in one place. The garments featured a variety of cultures, that when combined created a whirlwind of color and texture. I found myself drawn to the details of the beads, embroidering, fringe, and paint.
What can we from the textile traditions of Native Americans? Don’t be afraid of color; mix colors in every
shade and hue to find new combinations. Think in three dimensions, seeing the fringes fly and the feathers flutter make a textile look like a living breathing creature. And of course the mixing of the contemporary and the traditional techniques celebrates the past while making it relevant to the modern viewer.
Look for future dates of this festival and others like it at: http://www.nativegatherings.com