Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots: Haida Heritage Hits the Runway

Two years ago, Dahlia Drive owner/designer Wendy Van Riesen and her husband met internationally-renowned Haida artist Reg Davidson in the workshop outside his home in Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. The visit developed into a rich friendship and resulted in the Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots clothing collection unveiled at the beautiful Skwachays Lodge Hotel and Gallery.

Ravens, Eagkles and Polka Dots - the beautiful Skwachàys Lodge and Gallery

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots – the beautiful Skwachays Lodge Hotel  and Gallery

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots - a capacity crowd

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots – a capacity crowd

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots - a Haida welcome

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots – a Haida welcome

The line is based on the two main clans of Haida lineage: the Raven and the Eagle. The palette of the “Raven Dancing” and “Eagle Drum” designs is inspired by the Haida Gwaii landscape and traditional colours of red cedar, ochre, ash black, and sea foam green. The polka dots appear in selected pieces and give them a whimsical flair.

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Each article of clothing is made from discarded white curtain sheers and slips. Like the transformational and humorous aspect of many Haida stories, the clothing floats around the wearer, its images grand, transparent and never fully revealed at once.

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

Ravens, Eagles and Polka Dots

The entire fashion line is available through the Dahlia Drive website. More photos can be found here on Flickr.

Cathy Browne

About Cathy Browne

I’m a lifestyle, travel, and events photographer who just happens to be legally blind. I use my camera to capture and share things I don't see. I’m also a veteran PR gal and accessibility advocate. I love the West Coast, and I'm proud to call Vancouver home. I love everything Apple, writing, photo-walking, travel, food and wine, hot sake, politics, my cats, CBC Radio, trivia and hugs.

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