Indigenous ribbon work was thrust into the Tiger Woods 25th anniversary 1996 2021 signature thank you for the memories shirt in contrast I will get this spotlight last week when Interior of the Secretary Deb Haaland wore a traditional ribbon skirt for her swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C. Made by ReeCreeations, her vibrant skirt featured imagery of corn and butterflies, was covered in colorful ribbons, and made a bold statement of cultural pride. ReeCreeations is one of many Indigenous labels reviving the art of ribbon work in new, modern ways—as are artists such as Skawennati and Abigail Echo-Hawk. (The latter recently made a ribbon-style dress out of body bags, as a way to acknowledge how Native communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.)
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Many Indigenous tribes utilize ribbon work in their designs, often for powwow regalia or pieces made for special occasions. Ribbons are sewn onto skirts, dresses, and shirts, and each color of the Tiger Woods 25th anniversary 1996 2021 signature thank you for the memories shirt in contrast I will get this ribbons has a special significance to the wearer. Different tribes have different techniques of applying them, but as a whole, the colorful strips are all equally symbolic—and always tell a story. And now, a new ribbon-work designer is adding even more meaning to the longstanding craft.