My new-found interest, Native American Art, started when I was researching for a tattoo ( and the tattoo didn't happen). I chance upon a chart that explains what each symbol represents and the meaning behind it. Like any other civilisations, the Native American has a way of communicating visually and this is deeply rooted in their culture. Many a times, this is an artistic expression of their worship to god and love for nature. They hold a sacred belief that every living thing shares a place in the universe. Through such an expression, they created many geometric designs that have transcended time.
In modern fashion and design context, many products are heavily influenced by Native American art. Brands such as Urban Outfitter, Polo Ralph, Isabel Marant and Forever 21 have hopped on wagon and delivered collections inspired by this form of art. Though it has created some backlash, we still see this aesthetic prevalent in many designs.
I’m truly inspired and awed by my recent visit to the Polo Ralph boutique at Scotts Lido. The interior is divided into a few sections: climbing/hiking, boxing, classic/heritage and beach. The climbing/hiking collection has strong Native American influence and it is well presented with modern elements such as hiking gears and sportswear.
Polo Ralph, being a true blue American brand, marries its heritage with trending elements to find that elusive sweet spot. This approach puts something new on the plate before the brand is deemed completely obsolete by the ever-changing market.