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Native Fashion Now

Walk into popular stores like Urban Outfitters or Forever 21 and you’ll find trendy clothes embellished with Native American-inspired patterns.

This kind of ubiquitous, cultural borrowing raises questions and concerns for the nation’s community of contemporary, indigenous American fashion designers. To them, the meaning behind tribal symbols, imagery and materials runs deeper than the whims of the mass marketplace.

On Saturday, a new exhibition opens at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem that strives to highlight that distinction.

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