It’s no mystery that fashion designers draw inspiration from either nature, landscapes, colors, or even dreams.
However, for many indigenous fashion designers, inspiration comes straight from their culture.
Acoma Pueblo engineer-turned-fashion designer Loren Aragon’s designs on his pieces are unique and unlike anything seen before. The fabric is adorned with geometric shapes, patterns, illustrations and symbols of his Acoma Pueblo pottery culture; even the colors are somehow connected to his culture.
Since the beginning of Loren’s venture into the arts, he’s always sought to share his talents while expressing his connection with the place he calls home –Haa’ku the Acoma Pueblo.
Nestled atop a sandstone mesa, the Acoma Pueblo of New Mexico is known to its people as Haa’ku in the Keres language. Haa’ku means a place prepared as the final settling place of the Acoma people. It is a place of sacredness, beauty, and mystery. It is a place with a rich, eventful history and a culture deeply rooted in centuries-old traditions and an elegant pottery art culture.
The pottery art has grown to become a recognizable symbol all throughout the southwest and around the world.
“The Acoma Pueblo is best known for its pottery art culture. I’ve always admired and appreciated the intensive labor and intricacies of the traditional art of pottery making, but I found it necessary to expand beyond this practice,” explains Loren. “I wanted to present it in a different way. I wanted the recognizable geometric patterns to become a wearable art form, so presenting this in my fashions is what makes my designs unique and gives them the signature look you see today.”
Loren has showcased his works at Santa Fe Fashion Week, Plitzs New York Fashion Week and Phoenix Fashion Week for two years, where he has won the highly coveted Designer of the Year title in 2018. A few of his designs were also displayed at Native Max Magazine‘s first-ever fashion capsule held in Manchester, the U.K. in November 2015. We’re so excited to even admit that Loren and his designs have been featured in Native Fashion in the City runway shows for four years in a row!
For indigenous designers like Loren, it is now easier to showcase culture and heritage through fashion design.