CULTURAL ARTS

The rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 16, 2016

in CULTURAL ARTS,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

Known to be the rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses ; El Penacho de Moctezuma can be found not in Mexico, but in Austria and the reason might surprise you.

The Institute of Esthetic Studies of the UNAM has determined that since there is no transportation technology with zero vibrations, El Penacho de Moctezuma located in Austria can not be transported back to it’s homeland of to Mexico. Made with rare quetzal feathers and trimmed with gold, silver and copper, Attempting to transport the feather headdress back to Mexico could prove devastating.

In order for the precious object to return back to our country after nearly 500 years, it would be required for zero vibration transportation technology in order to preserve it in its current state. – institutoculturaldeleon.org.mx

The rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses ” The Penacho feather headdress allegedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II has gone on display at the Museum fur Volkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna. Some say it was brought to Europe by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, others that it was used by an Aztec high priest. In any case the flaming green-and-blue headpiece — the only one of its kind still in existence — remains at the centre of a tug-of-war between Mexico, which would like to bring it home, and Austria, which argues it is too fragile to be transported. ” Picture: AFP

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2016 Carnaval SF “¡Viva La Madre Tierra!” wrapped up last weekend and here are our favorite images of feather costumes from the 38th annual event!

SF Carnaval 2016 Collage

“¡Viva La Madre Tierra!”, celebrates Mother Earth’s prevalence in many cultures worldwide as the manifestation of the natural world. She is the life giver and the sustainer of life; from her womb she gave origin to all the plants, animals, and people. – www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org

Photo By Chris Willis

We were also super excited to see that our friend from Sistas wit Style won for Queen of the carnival!!!! Here is what winner Kianna Rachal had to say about her win…

Carnval Queen and King Collage

“…It’s fulfilling to see all the hard work put into Carnaval. It’s so exciting to see Sistas-Wit-Style come down the road with so much energy and excitement with smiles across our masqueraders faces — it brings so much joy… To prepare for Carnaval, Sistas-Wit-Style has been teaching free Caribbean dance classes to our Masqueraders every Saturday which are optional, our mas camp is open day and night for costume production… I would love to send special thanks to our designers at Sistas-Wit-Style; Annabelle Goodridge, Stephanie Dixon, Tiara Welch, Azer Moore. Our many volunteers and masqueraders as well because without them there would be no Sistas-Wit-Style…” – THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO –– DIGITAL EDITION

Congratulations Kianna and Sistas-Wit-Style from your friends at The Feather Place Los Angeles! Scroll through to see more fantastic photos found on the web >>>

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We’ve grouped a few fun and simple inspirational Mardi Gras Feather Headdresses for you. Let’s us help you get parade ready… Fat Tuesday is on February 9th!!!

Inspirational Mardi Gras Feather Headdresses

Let’s start by showing you a few simple ways to dress up a simple headband. You can mix and use ostrich, rooster coque tails, goose biots and peacock if you like. The Feather Place carries a great selection of package feathers for you to get your creative juices going.  You’ll need a handy glue gun and a plastic headband and feathers. You may also add a Fleur D Lis embellishment.

Mardi Gras Feather Headdresses

Here are some of our Mardi Gras DIY inspired headdresses using some of our Natural and Dyed Headdresses. We loved using bright Ostrich Plumes and dyed Pheasant Zebra Tail Feathers in addition to all natural Peacock and Rooster Feathers! All you need is one of our already made headdresses. You will be parade ready in no time at all!Headdress Inspiration Collage 4 -The Feather PlaceHeaddress Inspiration Collage 2 -The Feather PlaceHeaddress Inspiration Collage 3 -The Feather PlaceMardi Gras Feather Headdresses

Stunning Native American Fashion Exhibit

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 18, 2015

in CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts just launched it’s new exhibit Native Fashion Now and it’s the first large scale exhibit showcasing contemporary Native American fashion.

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]) Cape and dress from “Desert Heat” Collection, 2012 Paint, silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers; Courtesy of the designer, Santa Fe. Hair and Makeup: Dina DeVore. Model: Mona Bear. Photo by Nate Francis.

“It was just the right time,” Kramer said. “The stars aligned, and we committed ourselves to doing this exhibition that is just as much about celebrating Native American creativity as well as it is an exhibition celebrating fashion.”- Exhibition curator Karen Kramer via Mic

Among our favorite are these feathered designs from Orlando Dugi, (Diné [Navajo]). Cape and dress from “Desert Heat” Collection, 2012 (Above & Right Below)

Native American Fashion- Left- Wendy Ponca, Osage. Dresses, 2015. Right-Orlando Dugi, Diné -Navajo-. Cape and dress from Desert Heat Collection, 2012

Native American Fashion - Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree) Wile Wile Wile dress, “Day of the Dead” Collection, 2013 Seal, beaver tail, carp, beads, silk, rayon, and rooster feathers; skull and tulle fascinator by Dominique Hanke (British) for Sho Sho Esquiro. Photo by Thosh Collins

Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree) Wile Wile Wile dress, “Day of the Dead” Collection, 2013

David Gaussoin, Diné -Navajo- and Picuris Pueblo and Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Diné -Navajo- and Picuris Pueblo. Postmodern Boa, 2009. Consuelo Pascual, Diné Navajo and Maya. Gunmetal Pleat dress, 2010.

David Gaussoin, (Diné [Navajo]) and Picuris Pueblo and Wayne Nez Gaussoin, (Diné [Navajo]) and Picuris Pueblo. “Postmodern Boa,” 2009. Consuelo Pascual, (Diné [Navajo]) and Maya. “Gunmetal Pleat” dress, 2010.

Native Fashion Now On view November 21, 2015 to March 6, 2016 Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

Click here for the exhibition press release.

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 4, 2015

in CULTURAL ARTS,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

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August 29, 2015February 28, 2016
TEXTILE GALLERIES 60–61

Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the U.S. mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Presented in San Francisco, which is considered to be the gateway to the Pacific, the exhibition will feature approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (kāhili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), feathered god images (akua hulu manu), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper.

Handcrafted of plant fiber and rare feathers from endemic birds of the islands, the cloaks (‘ahu‘ula) and capes provided spiritual protection to Hawaiian chiefs, proclaiming their identity and status. The abstract patterns and compositions of royal feathers (nā hulu ali‘i) are both beautiful and full of cultural meaning. While the arrangements of their forms—crescents, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, and lines—and fields of color appear contemporary, they are ancient. Symbols of the power and status of Hawai‘i’s monarchs at home and abroad, these vibrantly colored treasures of the Hawaiian people endure today as masterpieces of unparalleled artistry, technical skill, and cultural pride. www.deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/featherwork

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