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"Tso'ya and I" Art Coat by Anthony Gchachu
Here is another stunner from Anthony Gchachu. Working with the rich burgundy of the silk he's chosen a gorgeous turquoise and black color palette for his design detailing. He loves to use a traditional Zuni symbol of a Hummingbird for his Signature Couture work because it has important meaning for him: the Hummingbird is the figure in Zuni mythology that stitches the world whole again after disruptions. It is a powerful agent for cultural preservation, Gchachu's most heartfelt issue.
In this piece the swirling, branching designs start at the upper left side of the front and expand to blossom in the center back, where we find a wonderful surprise in the figure of a beautiful Macaw perched on the top of the design. Macaws (Tso'ya in Zuni language) were highly prized animals to many Southwestern Native peoples, and came from Mexico on ancient trade networks. The Zuni people even have a Macaw clan within their tribe, said to represent the summer people of the south. A figure of Rainbow Man, bringer of life, beneath the Macaw is flying out of the beautiful blue waters that are painted on the front and side, adding another uplifting image.
Wear this lovely piece and you are a beautiful, walking celebration of Zuni culture!
Burgundy shantung silk shell
with black shantung silk lining.
Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico
“I am a 23 year old Native American artist from Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. I started painting when I was about 5 years old and am mostly self-taught. I have entered many art shows and won awards for my artistic ability.”
“My passion is painting, but I also draw, sculpt, weave, and make pottery. This is what makes me unique, having the skill to do various mediums well. I love to paint because I love the feeling of making people happy through the images I create.”
The style of painting I do uses traditional Zuni symbols and I also like to do still life compositions. Most of my paintings are of Zuni proverbs and stories that I grew up with. The medium I paint in is acrylic and oil. I paint these stories to spread awareness about Zuni culture, and to inspire people to chase their dreams.”