Orlando Dugi draws inspiration from his childhood memories of stargazing in the desert of northern Arizona while spending summer vacations on his paternal grandparents’ sheep ranch.
The stars hold deep meaning to the Diné people. Songs and prayers passed down through generations of astronomical knowledge. This coupled with the phrase, “Walk in Beauty,” a way of being in harmony with all that’s around you, a state of grace, is the foundation of the ORLANDO DUGI Brand. Beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty below me, beauty above me, beauty all around me; I walk in beauty. Garments made by hand, woven of wool or sewn of cotton or silk using traditional techniques in dyeing, weaving, and ornamented with an assortment of accessories, to adorn the body, have always been a part of Navajo culture. And a commitment to continuing those traditions and sharing them with women is evident in the extravagant fashion created at ORLANDO DUGI.
Publications and Exhibitions about Orlando Dugi:
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian - https://wheelwright.org/artists/orlando-dugi/
Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising - https://www.visitftcollins.com/event/walking-in-beauty%3A-designs-by-orlando-dugi/20193/
Martha Hopkins Struever | American Indian Art for the Collector Interview - http://marthastruever.com/orlando-dugi
Navajo Times Interview - https://navajotimes.com/ae/arts/unlikely-fashion-designer-artist-residence-iaia/
Santa Fe New Mexican Magazine - https://www.santafenewmexican.com/magazines/glitter-inspired-by-starlight/article_dcf7fdde-007d-11e3-bf02-0019bb30f31a.html
Albuquerque Journal - https://www.abqjournal.com/450076/artist-and-designer-creates-silk-beaded-garments-that-sparkle-and-shine-with-uniqueness.html
Cowboys & Indians Interview - https://www.cowboysindians.com/tag/orlando-dugi/
Style Fashion Week - http://www.stylefashionweek.com/orlando-dugi