Note: With our November 2017 website update, these web galleries are being converted. Bear with us as we bring them online again.
A Story of Evolution
The Impact of the Sewing Machine in Native American Fashion
The sewing machine was invented during the First Industrial Revolution (1760-1840). The technology was brought to Native American communities and disseminated through Western assimilation practices, but also embraced by Native people for its ease in creating garments. This exhibit examines the impact of sewing machines within the world of Native American fashion.
The Western Aesthetic
Bolo Ties in the IARC Collection
Tucked inside the jewelry vaults of the Indian Arts Research Center is a stunning collection of Native American-made bolo ties. This exhibit highlights the creativity practiced by 20th century tribal artists working within the medium. Today, Native American artists continue to define, refine, and reimagine the Western aesthetic – one bolo tie at a time.