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Show will put Tuba on fashion map

Cassandra Little’s bold, hand-painted earrings are not for wallflowers. You can see them at the upcoming Indigenous Expressions fashion show. (Courtesy photo)


Quick: Which is the more fashion-forward town, New York or Tuba City?

Seems like a no-brainer, but this Saturday you’d have to say Tuba City.

This austere white gown by Cher Thomas looks strikingly modern, yet incorporates the traditional Akimel O’odham elements of a long skirt and shawl. Thomas will be one of the featured designers at the Indigenous Expressions fashion show Saturday in Tuba City. (Courtesy photo)

People attending the Indigenous Expressions fashion show at 1 p.m. at the Tó Nanees Dizí Shopping Center will get a glimpse of a collection New Yorkers will have to wait nearly a year to lay their eyes on.

Shayne Watson, whose designs have been in the Women of the Navajo calendar, will be featured at Fashion Week in New York next September.

Another designer to be showcased in Tuba City, Loren Aragon of ACONAV Designs, just returned from Fashion Week.
Will tiny Tuba be a letdown after the bright lights of the Big Apple? Not at all, said Aragon.

“I don’t care whether the show is big or small, I just love to get my work out there,” said Aragon, whose Navajo wife, Valentina, is his partner, favorite muse and the “NAV” in ACONAV.

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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth was the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation, until her retirement on May 31, 2021. Her other beats included agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.”


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