Wrapper's Delight: Smart Scarves from Urban Native Girl

Lisa Charleyboy
3/4/11

I went on a journey to Jamaica recently and—thankfully—had the foresight to pack my collection of silk scarves. You know how the combination of humidity, sand and surf can leave your hair a little lackluster? Well, I was totally saved from all that elemental nonsense with just a simple silk scarf headband. I mean really, who wants to think about their hair when vacationing? So be sure to stock up for that upcoming fun-in-the-sun getaway you so richly deserve after this endless winter.

scarf with design by Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau

Marvelous Morrisseau

The late Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau was sometimes called the "Picasso of the North"—here's a good clue as to why. Floral and fauna come to life with this Woodland style pattern, and the bright colors make this scarf a superb addition to your spring wardrobe. It'll look right at home in any sunny spot, and its motif is sure to draw attention: Be stunning while you're sunning, I say.

Get it @: Red Lake Museum, $35 CAD.

scarf from Southwest Indian Foundation

Desert Designs

This silk scarf has the soft pastel colors usually found in art from the southwest. Enjoy the washed out, tie-dye-esque pattern by pairing it with a pair of faded, distressed denim shorts and a pastel top, or match it with a black bikini to brighten things up. The long rectangular shape of this scarf makes it perfect for easy headband functionality. And the added bonus is the feel good benefit of this purchase, since it’s made by southwest Native American artists, a non-profit organization directly supporting those communities.

Get it @: Southwest Indian Foundation, $45 USD.

scarf by Haida fashion designer Dorothy Grant at Turtle Island Gallery

Chase Those Blues Away

Haida fashion designer Dorothy Grant is well known around the world for her traditional designs on forward fashions. This scarf features an “Eagle in Flight” and showcases the strength of the Eagle in a traditional Haida style with contemporary flair. Wear it with pride as you represent the beauty of the northwest coast, wherever your travels might take you.

Get it @: Turtle Island Gallery, $73 CAD.

scarf by Coast Salish artist Anthony Joseph at Portland Mercantile

Regal Eagle

Anthony Joseph is the Coast Salish artist who created this stunning work of art. Not only is it beautiful, it's also reproduced in a poly-satin blend, making it affordable to all. Plus, you don’t have to fret if you get a bit adventurous in your travels. If a bear eats it or it falls into lava, at least you're not out a ton of money. Cheap and chic is always a welcome addition to the accessory repertoire.

Get it @: Portland Mercantile, $25 USD.

vintage Navajo style scarf found by Lisa Charleyboy on Etsy

Mint Vintage

Some of my favorite scarves are the ones that I've picked up in thrift and vintage stores alike. Even when I travel, I like to check out the local Salvation Army to look for gems donated by the locals. These scarves are usually more interesting than any carried by the local chain retailers. This featured Navajo style scarf was found on Etsy, which is a great resource for those who like to thrift-shop from home.

Get it @: Etsy, $14 USD.

Lisa Charleyboy is Urban Native Girl—visit her at http://www.lisacharleyboy.com/

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