"Tsay Whang" Art Coat by David Naranjo
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This is a classic design by artist David Naranjo, using his signature oversized Puebloan iconography rendered in careful detail to create a bold, contemporary look. Here he uses eagle feathers, sacred to many Native peoples, in a horizontal row of uprights that circles the entire piece and is flanked by striping and sections of solid paint.
The long vertical patterning is flattering to the wearer, adding height and slimness, and the paint gives a quiet glimmer from the micaceous oxides Naranjo uses, echoing the micaceous poetry of the Puebloan peoples.
The atonal black and silver has a contemporary urban feel yet reflects the traditional black on black pottery of Santa Clara. This one looks fabulous over all black with chunky silver jewelry, or dress more casually over a white stretch tee, skinny jeans and ballet flats.
David Naranjo's Bio
Black shantung silk shell with
white shantung silk lining.
Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico
“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.”