Native, Naturally


The incredible craftsmanship, color usage, and pattering of traditional Indian textile is going to be big this fall. The pairing of these styles with plaids, denim, canvas and moccasin-inspired shoes and boots is a great way to include it in your wardrobe. Because these textiles are traditionally made from wool and other animal hairs (like in the Pendelton for Opening Ceremony image up top), it is quite difficult to find animal-friendly and eco-friendly versions.

NavShirtThriftLuckily, thrift stores are chock full of this stuff, from silk-screened shirts to plaid pants and vests, to this western shirts I found, with a great black, silver and tan Chimayo pattern on it. I definitely recommend starting off at the second-hand stores, for both your wallet and the environment.



Vuoris “Native” and “Tribe” organic tee-shirts  honor the men and women whose heroic efforts, so often unnoticed, propel us towards a more sustainable future. The “Eagle” tee from Loomstate and the “Endangered Wolf” tee from Loomstate for Barney’s celebrate two iconic animals that both need respect and protection. I’d wear this over a skull and crossbones, any day. EndngeredWolf

The Aztec Shirt from Sierra Trading Post, and Navajo Shirt from Orvis would look great underneath a solid sports coat or beneath a vest. Also try a Navajo vest over some organic plaid like Patagonia’s two shirts below.

Panhandle Slim Aztec Print Shirt - Western, Long Sleeve (For Men) Iron Mountain Navajo Print ShirtM's Fjord Flannel ShirtM's Buckshot Flannel Shirt

Try some burgundy organic denim from Monkee Genes or pick up some plaid pants from the thrift shop!

These are some cruelty-free shoes and mocs that can pull the look together, or just function as the sole element:


4 Responses to Native, Naturally

  1. Philly Vegan says:

    I kinda see this as another theft of American Indian culture. Don’t just take my word for it…after seeing this, I called a buddy of mine on Pine Ridge (lived there for a while when resident of South Dakota) and his response was “What do you expect; its nothing new.” When so many of the peoples who created these designs are living shorter lifespans in abject poverty, there’s something wrong about cashing in on their culture.

    • Thank you for making that comment. This was definitely something I thought about as well while compiling this. I feel similarly – but at the same time if we come across this art in a thrift store, should we ignore it? Is it offensive to use this art? Where is the line between appreciating art (many American Indians do sell their art) and offensively “stealing” culture to make a buck? I’m not sure. Although this certainly is an easier and clearer appropriation than most, almost all textile design has a sorted past. Fashion is a form of visual communication -and I’m sure many don’t talk about the disenfranchised fisherman of the early 1900s or prisons when someone is wearing a black and white striped shirt or how the Keffiyeh went from being the Palestinian national symbol (and a sign of solidarity) to being sold at Hot Topic, stripped of its meaning in the US – or even how so many of us wear camouflage and military clothing designed for war yet don’t agree with war. The examples go on. Where does one draw the line, and whose art can we wear?

  2. George says:

    Love the Simple Shoes shown here. I have the first and last pair and love them! BTW, I got the first pair for $27 shipped via compared to double or triple that amount on Simple’s website.

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