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An Unlikely Alliance | Road To Discovery
Oftentimes, doing what we love and feel our purpose is can lead to amazing discoveries of personal growth and opportunity.
Please allow me to explain. As a professional dressmaker and fashion designer I have the pleasure of working with individuals and small business owners from around the country and now world. Recently, I was contacted by First Nations, Cherokee Bear Clan Indian member Blue Eagle about creating a special project from Quebec, Canada. Blue Eagle is of French Canadian, Pawnee, Algonquin and Abenakis decent, he's also a well respected Shaman, vocal artist and businessman. He read one of my articles about organic and sustainable fashion and decided I could help with his project of creating a very special garment, authentic to Indian dress, symbolic and of the earth.
I must admit upon speaking with him and understanding the requirements I was a bit leary if I could provide the service, but I wanted to try. The job hit close to home. My race in our society is declared as Black when in fact my heritage is Cherokee and Sioux. I didn't know much about native Indian dress but always believed I should, so when the opportunity presented itself I took it.
There was a catch for me completing the project and producing the garment requested, I would receive no guidance on the design or color, only that the fabric had to be organic hemp because of it's earthy properties. Needless to say I was a bit puzzled that a First Nations Clan would contact a Black woman in the United States to fulfill such a task.
I felt there was a reason and deeper meaning to this unusual request and so I accepted and began my work, researching and learning all I could about this authentic dress called the "Ribbon Shirt", the meaning of colors for the Indian culture and the meaning of measurement and space. I produced two garments but gained invaluable knowledge that's connected me to a part of my heritage explaining the person I am today; my insatiable connection to the earth, my drive to create the businesses I now own, my dedication to creating beauty, seeking collaborations and protecting the efforts of people working together to create good.
Organic Hemp fabric from Austria
The goal behind the project was for me to create prototypes, patterns and spec/tech packs for manufacturing allowing the Clan to produce the garment in large quantities. I'm pleased with the results.
I'm thankful that the Nation and Blue Eagle had the confidence in me to produce the item they were seeking. I'm even more thankful for the opportunity to learn more about who I am and grow as a person through an unlikely alliance.
The Studio is buzzing with all things luxurious. It's the season as Spring is in the air. Clients are becoming more sophisticated in their taste and style for natural fibre garments and we could not be more delighted.
What is Silk Brocade?
The fabric dates by to the Middle Ages and is known to be the fabric of the Noble and Wealthy.
Brocadeis richly decorative shuttle-woven fabric, often made in colored silksand with or without silverand goldthreads. It's beauty is unrivaled.
It can be used to make everything from robes to dresses, kimonos, jackets, pants and skirts. It's also widely used in upholstery and furniture. The fabric is typically woven on a draw loom. It is a supplementary weft technique; the ornamental brocading is produced by a supplementary, non-structural, weft in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The process of this is to create the appearance that the weave was actually embroidered on. Thi…
Most people equate sustainable fashion with outrageous prices, poor style, limited color palette, muted tones and the phrase, "what the hell is that." Sustainable fashion isn't what you think it is..... Silver Needle & Thread is an affiliate of CATA Consumers Against Toxic Apparel. CATA is an organization working to increase awareness about the dangerous practices employed by the fashion industry that affect human health and the environment. CATA offers the solutions, provides education, identify toxic chemicals in your clothes, share research and data connecting those toxic chemicals to chronic illness and disease, collaborate with companies working to improve the industry and connect consumers with companies offering stylish, safe, toxic chemical free clothing. When you custom sew your wardrobe you have complete freedom to create whatever you want. Silver Needle & Thread services include design, custom sewing-made to measure, image consulting, body analysis,…
With the fast approach of Fall we've been busy at the sewing machine creating some jewels to transition our style. We chose organic cotton, some beautiful linens from around the world, a gorgeous merino heathered wool jersey and an interesting blend of recycled hemp and organic cotton.
These pieces are easily interchangeable with pieces currently in our wardrobe and offer some interesting looks you'll love. When you start to think mix and match you can see just how functional and complementary these pieces are.
Of course you know that custom sewing your clothes ensures a perfect fit every time and you get to choose the colors that are right for you. Finding the right dressmaker to design and hand sew your clothes is a liberating experience to be cherished.
Statistics reveal that Americans wear only 20% of the clothes hanging in our closets 80% of the time which means 80% of the clothes (fast fashion) we buy are not worn 20% of the t…