By Donna Poulton
My-West’s fashion savvy friend, Diane, turned us on to the latest fashion to hit Paris this year. Japanese designer Issey Miyake, who was inspired as a youth by Japanese artist Isamu Inokuma’s paintings and sketches of Kachina Dolls, has created a new line of summer clothing based on those early sketches.
If you can’t quite afford the 60,900 yen for the ensemble, you can pick up a pin for a mere 6000 yen…go figure.
For the Hopi, the hand carved Kachina has a number of meanings, the most important being the representation of the spirit life. Other spirits include: the corn maiden, the cunning wolf, souring eagle, the ceremonial dancer, the singer, the ogre, the buffalo, the badger, the crow, hawk, sun, clouds and rainbow. See HistoryKachinaDoll.com.
Made from the root of cottonwood trees, other tribes such as the Navajo, zuni, Pueblo and Apache also made Kachina dolls.