I was killing some time a few days ago and wandered into Urban Outfitters in Harvard Square. It’s no secret that many hipsters have an obsession with all things Native (more on that in another post), but I was a little surprised at how many examples I found. The following were in the home decorations section.
This dream catcher (in such traditional neon colors!) retailed for $10, on the low end for Urban, and was made in India (ha).
These slippers/moccasins were in the same section, and came in brown and red as well. I saw them as a take on Alaska Native mukluks, though the use of geometric diamonds is a bit southwest/plains.
Finally, down in the bargain basement, I found this “totem pole jewelry stand.” You can see they weren’t huge sellers.
I got home and tried to look up these three on their website, to get product names, etc. and had no luck, but did manage to find a few other examples online:
The Booty Buddy Blanket The comments section refers to it as “the hipster snuggie.”
Tribal V Neck
Leather Navaho cuff:
there is a lot to say about this one, not least of which is the antiquated spelling of Navajo and the plains-style beading.
even more examples: Native Socks, Cement Chief Necklace (yes that is a tiny headdress), and Geo Beaded Cuff. There are more, if you go to their website and just search “Native” or “Tribal.”