Those of you who were able to come and visit us during our last event, Birds of Spring, probably figured out that we’ve recently had nature and Native culture on the brain. The Navajo patterns and textures seem to have a wide appeal, which explains the prevalence of this Native inspired trend in all areas of fashion and interior. As much as we love the style, we are also attracted to the philosophical disposition of these cultures.
We’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how Native American ethos’ relate to upcycling and the idea of creating long-term relationships with people as well as things that we choose to have around us, but we could never hope to say it quite as concisely as is quoted in the following prayers…
Above, clockwise from top left: Girl with headdress via ffffound, Bird Print via 16house, Feather and stick mobile via Thoughtful Day, Origami birds by Anna Ådén via Daydreamlily, Year of Feathers by The Wild Unknown.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.
– Tribe Unknown
Above, clockwise from top left: DIY arrows via Design*Sponge, Blankets also via Design*Sponge, Skirt via Fashiontoast, Chair via Bliss, Headdress via Butch Comer, Pillow from SHAPES&COLORS.
We the five-fingered beings are related to the four-legged, the winged beings, the spiritual beings, Father Sky, Mother Earth, and nature. We are all relatives. We cannot leave our relatives behind.
– Betty Tso, traditional Navajo
Above, clockwise from top left: Interior via Bliss, Bag from Anthropologie, Girls via Bliss Katherine, Pillow from Magpie & Rye, Bird cages via Duet Weddings on Flickr, Purse via Need Supply Co.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
– Chief Seattle, chief of the Suquamis
Above, clockwise from top left: Interior via Cosmic Dust, Bird tattoo via Paper Tissue, Driftwood Tepee via Last_Thoughts_On, Dream-catcher necklace via Facehunter, Weave pattern via Fashion Loves People, Feather jewellery via Rowdy Rendezvous.
When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.
— Cree Prophecy