There is one fashion designer whose name is synonymous with unique - Jaquita Straw.
The young designer who appeared at RAW Art “Generations” last Wednesday, Mar. 6, in Sacramento says she is “inspired by urban and rural areas, Native American culture, yoga, natural fabric manipulation and much more.”
In an interview, the talented artist said, “I’m trying to embrace the clothing making methods of the Native Americans indigenous to my area which is North, in Siskiyou County.”
Armed with a BA in Fashion Design from Art Institute of Colorado Ms. Straw said she “began to understand the damages that the fashion industry cause on the environment.”
Her excitement was very visible and without taking a breath she continued, “I still want to be in the industry, and I want to make a more conscious approach to the environment, and that’s how I came across the traditional methods to create color and texture honoring the elements of the earth.”
Ms. Straw is also a yogi, is deeply inspired by musicians like Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, Jerry Garcia, and David Grisman, and she holds a strong belief that we should support local communities by consuming products “Made in America.”
The designer, sporting dreadlocks that flowed over her shoulders and down to her mid-back, was clad in one of her own creations - a dress that had no buttons, zippers, or clasps. She said it was made from organic hemp cotton material and dyed with pinecones she gathered in her front yard. The plainness of the garment added to the creator’s incredible beauty.
Ms. Straw who also experiments in “leather and fur creations, pyrography (burning), natural dyes, feather work, active wear, and recently foot wear,” said that she loves collaborating with others, claiming that “two heads are better than one.”
From her home in Mount Shasta she says “I walk, breath, live, and express my creativity through every move I make.”
Her mantra - "Consciously Creating Positive Energy."
Jaquita Straw is not only a unique designer; she is one unique woman!
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