Each silk organza scarf is hand painted using handmade, all natural dyes. The edges are left raw so that over time the edges will fray slightly, resembling more and more the eagle feathers they are inspired by.
Approximately 80 x 12 in.
Patricia Michaels is a Traditional Native woman who is a style-maker at the forefront of modern fashion design and aesthetics. She creates boldly hip designs with a quality of timeless elegance.
Her label, PM Waterlilly, LLC, is a thoroughly modern, beautifully original fashion design company that creates Contemporary Native American Clothing and it’s the first of its kind. From New York City and her home in Taos, New Mexico, Patricia produces custom tailored garments, high-end limited edition apparel and casual lines for men and women, incorporating artistic hand-dyed and hand painted fabrics using earth friendly algae pigments and production methods in-tune with as well as inspired by nature.
Fashion and textile designer Patricia Michaels is best known for her appearance on the Emmy Award-Winning Season 11 of “Project Runway” and she finished strong, claiming the runner-up title. This was the first time a Native American contestant had competed in the history of the show’s run. As a finalist, this also marked that in 2013, Patricia had become the first Native American Designer to show a collection at Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. In 2010, Patricia’s PM Waterlily was the first Native Clothing Label to be shown at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week as part of a showcase organized and produced by UNRESERVED: American Indian Fashion and Art Alliance & funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
After her return to New Mexico, this Taos Pueblo native was awarded the Taos Citizen of the Year Award 2013 and presented with the Eugene Crawford Memorial Peace Pipe Award by LaDonna Harris of AIO. Patricia went on to be featured in several articles in magazines and newspapers, and was honored with the cover of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Magazine. Just days after the finale of Season 11 aired, Patricia hosted Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman at the Gathering of Nations Powwow and was honored to give a welcome speech in Tiwa and English at the center of the UNM Pit Arena. She has also exhibited her work at a number of galleries and museums, most recently including the the Abbe Museum and the Millicent Rogers Museum in New Mexico. She is currently in production on a fashion spread for British Vogue magazine.