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Puebloan artist David Naranjo chose a bold, simple design suggesting dark hills against a silvery night sky with calming horizon lines for this gorgeous vest. The design is mirrored just above the waist as though reflected at the edge of the open desert. The gleaming silver paint against the deep, eggplant purple fabric gives an air of celestial mystery: richness and quiet majesty. Dress it up with some chunky silver jewelry over a simple black to enhance the starry allure, and watch heads turn as you enter the room.
Eggplant purple shantung silk with black silk lining.
“I am a contemporary Puebloan artist and a 2018 graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working in multiple media to depict cultural symbolism through pottery designs and fine geometrical linear work.”
“My inspiration comes from learning the Tewa language of my Pueblo. While learning the language, I obtained a deeper understanding of and connection to our cultural practices and found that a lot can be said with few words because you speak from your heart. I found our way of life to be a form or poetry and seek to show understanding and respect while making art as a form of prayer and ceremony.”
“Puebloan symbols and iconography hold meaning and purpose within our cultural setting. I am creating my own personal narratives and stories using these traditional designs.”