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First Fridays: Historical Ribbon Shirts by Iris Lauzon
Doors at 6pm
Showing at 7pm – Historical Progression of Ribbon Shirts
Mix and mingle until 9pm
FREE and open to the public
The Emcee for the evening will be David McLeod of NCI Radio
DJ Aaron Peters
Photography by Jacques St. Goddard
The Historical Progression of Ribbon Shirts is a series of 10 historically accurate ribbon shirts worn by Indigenous men throughout history. It focuses on the changing styles, and how design has been affected by the environment, the impact of settler influence, colonization, and fashions of the day. Fashion always follows some basic rules and within the context of Indigenous culture, we are no different. Indigenous Designers have always been around, but not always ‘labeled’ as such. I’d like those that come out to see my display, to know that we take pride in our work, and to always strive forward.
I was told by a teacher years ago that our people were not skilled at sewing since she had gone to one pow-wow, inspected what was being made and sold, and wasn’t impressed. I made up my mind right there to prove her wrong. I have watched and researched, and I am always open to learning new techniques which is most important. There are masters out there, and if you have the good fortune of meeting one, listen and learn from them.
I hope to achieve awareness of the contribution that Indigenous people have made to the development of fashion from the time settlers arrived to today and be able to share that knowledge. Now is a great time because we have so much history to look back on and to see that Indigenous people were active and took their place in the garment history.