I am not affiliated with the American Girl doll company. This outfit was made for American Girl doll Kaya but will look just as cute on similar 18 inch dolls.
I am not tribal, but I highly honor and admire the Native American tribal arts and cultures. These outfits are not intended to be authentic but rather my own creative reference to the culture.
If you have ever seen the desert abloom with sunflowers, it is one of the prettiest sights you will ever see. Sunflowers played an important role in southwestern Native American culture. Seeds were an important food crop and source of oil for cooking and cosmetics, and different sunflower varieties were cultivated to produce purple and yellow dyes. Sunflower oil was also believed to treat skin ailments, and sunflowers had a variety of medicine uses in different tribes. Some Native people also saw sunflowers as a symbol of courage, so that warriors would carry sunflower cakes to battle with them or a hunter would sprinkle sunflower powder on his clothing to keep his spirit up. Seeds were also sprinkled on graves. I have my own meaning for the sunflower, and, of course, you can have one of your own, too. I love how, during the course of the day, the sunflower's face follows the sun, always looking toward the light. It is a reminder to me to keep looking for the positive and seeking for the good things in life. This outfit was designed in honor of this wonderful flower. I have been making original, unique, handmade Native American doll clothes for several years now and I love doing it! Making these outfits is so fun! I love the vibrant colors, the moccasins, the fringe, the feathers, the headbands, the jewelry and the beading! I especially like the fashions of southwestern tribes, such as the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Apache and pueblo peoples. I am not tribal. I do not attempt to claim my designs are authentic. I use materials and colors and symbols to reference Native American cultures, which I highly esteem. Having been raised in a small town in Wyoming, I grew up riding horses and had Native American friends. Part of the reason I do these clothes is to honor and remember them.
The outfit, "Sunflower Maid" includes SIX items: 1) VELVETEEN TOP with Velcro closing in back, 2) Tiered, PULL UP SKIRT, 3) HEADBAND in matching fabric, 4) stretch BRACELET with silver sunflower charm 5) BEADED NECKLACE with beaded sunflower pendant, and lastly, 6) a pair of beaded MOCCASINS. As my outfits are considered by some to be a collector's items, a certificate of authenticity is included. At the same time, my outfits are made to be played with. I make them with quality materials and quality workmanship. As long as the garments are handled with reasonable care, they should offer many happy hours of fun.
Made in a smoke free home except when I burn the toast.