"Only through the arts—music, poetry, dance, painting, writing—can we really reach each other."
-Leslie Marmon Silko
The culture, artistry and influence of Indigenous peoples is still alive and well. I think of revolutionary literature from authors like Sherman Alexie and Leslie Marmon Silko or the brilliant paintings by John Nieto and how, collectively, they represent a burning flame. Santa Fe, New Mexico holds a significant amount of the Indigenous legacy housing some 25,000 traditionally designed textiles and dress at the Museum of International Folk Art. Small scale patterns and embroideries make up this collection. Iconic Indigenous works of ceramic pieces and fabrics from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture have also been persevered. These snapshots of history and exhibitions into the past have helped influence Kravet's latest collection with the Museum of New Mexico.
This is the fifth installment by Kravet in collaboration with the Museum. Rich textures and colors both hot and cool mimic earth's elements. A range of reds, orange and brown can be found thoughout, reminiscent of the climate and adobe-brick buildings. And in spite of the high-desert's aridness, you'll also find hints of green. Yellow and deep blues in this collection are most comparable to the intense sunlight and the beautiful dark stary nights that Santa Fe is known for.