“Within many tribes, masks have and continue to serve an important purpose. Masks possess pluralistic function in their use for war, storytelling, relationship-building, and spirituality, to name a few. Masks are used in ceremonies to transcend place, time, and self-identity. Frequently, the masks are not masks at all but rather living and breathing entities…” – Naomi Bebo
Orlando Dugi, Navajo, is a self-taught fashion designer from Grey Mountain, Arizona who is currently based in Santa Fe. Today, his sophisticated beaded bags decorated with Swarovski crystals have been known to go for copy0,000 to his affluent clientele. He created his first gown just four and a half years ago, and quickly found success, culminating in his participation in 2013 New York Fashion Week. To learn more about Dugi and his work, visit his newly redesigned website orlandodugi.com.