The artist made this skirt in teal and purple in honor of the National Suicide Survivor Day. The ribbons are vertical instead of horizontal to remember to always stay grounded and rise. Laying FLAT this skirt has an elastic waist that measures approx 9", and approx 29-1/2" wide at the bottom, it is approx 31-3/4" long. (the design on the back is the same as the front)
About the Artist - she refers to herself as Shining Star Woman (her Lakota name). She is half Oglala (Lakota) and half Sisitowan, Wahpetonwan and Mdewakantanwan (Dakota) and is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. She has a three year old son and is a widow as her husband passed away per Suicide in May 2018.
Why Ribbon Skirts? As a little girl she used to dance at powwows, attend ceremonies and bead. Music and creating art is her therapy. She studied therapeutic massage and is a firm believer in the power of prayer, touch, words and alternate forms of medicine. With her own personal trauma as well as inter-generational trauma, she is refusing to be afraid to shine anymore. She embraces the new and old ways of her culture. Which is why her skirts are an innovation of the two and she chooses to share a piece of her soul in each one.