I can't believe I haven't featured this as one of my 'Sunday Vintage' pieces yet! Not only is it legit one of my favorite pieces of clothing, but it's probably about the 4th or 5th piece of vintage that I ever bought. Green and purple are my favorite colors so the fact that there's so much of it really got my attention. And because this skirt is both black and white it's easy to go from summer to winter (with layering), as well as using the oranges in it for fall and the pastels for spring. It's definitely one of my most functional vintage pieces!
I have a religious studies background. (Not theology or seminary; the objective studying of religion and history of). I was going to continue on in hopes of getting a doctorate in that field right about this time, but I've decided to shelf that plan. The past few years health wise threw me off my game and knocked down a lot of dominos I had set up getting things in order to go down that path in the most successful way possible. Sometimes I panic and try to brainstorm how to start this process now, three years after I wanted to, but mostly I've reconciled that this isn't meant to be. I have some other pots on the stove, metaphorically speaking, that may end up leading to some of the things that I wanted to do with a doctorate anyway. It's an ambitious and kind of a "create your own ending" field so there's a few ways to do some of the things I was wanting to do. I just mostly wanted to be known as an "expert", which I why I was gunning for the school route.
That all said, I immediately started researching Native American dolls upon getting this skirt as I was curious about what this novelty print was all about. Native American religions, Hinduism, some lesser known Asian religion, and the occasional aboriginal religion are the ones I'm least versed in. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and a slew of ancient ones I'm way more fluent in and can hold my own in discussions and debates. This skirt gave me a great opportunity to research some stuff I was less familiar with. Most of my searches came up with the likelihood that the figures on the print of this skirt are Hopi/Kachina dolls. There's a whole mythology around the idea that Kachinas were essentially spiritual guides who would lead the Hopi people with bringing them good luck. Fables have it that the spirits were either killed off or they were taken for granted for; either in which left only the paraphernalia (the dolls) behind that were continued to be used as idols. A search ending similarly also said that these dolls were often used to bring good luck with marriage. But without finding a doll or print that 100% matched the print on my clothes, I'm not 100% sure that I even have the right tribe. That said, I'm fairly certain I'm in the right neighborhood because I found an array of dolls for sale and in historical sites that looked pretty similar. If anyone has a recommendation on a good book on Native American religions and mythologies, please let me know!
Hair Flower- Sophisticated Lady Flowers
Glasses and Necklace- Charming Charlie
Crop Top- Forever 21
Skirt- Zest Vintage
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