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Diné Designer Irene Begay’s Dazzling Dresses

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 6th, 2014 Last Updated on: November 1st, 2018

I wish I had one of these dresses when I was going to prom! Check out designer Irene Begay's fabulous dresses she creates by weaving traditional and modern styles.

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Navajo Times did a story on Irene Begay last year. Begay is originally from Standing Rock, N.M. She is Red Running Into the Water Clan and born for Red Cheek People.

Although she watched her mother weave as a child, she mostly learned by sneaking in when her mother stepped away from the loom.

“She never actually really taught me, saying, ‘This is how you do it.' I didn't learn like that. She used to chase me away,” Begay said recalling how she used to observe her mother create rug designs.

One day she didn't even notice I wove about an inch of her rug, Begay said.

Begay's tendency to observe her mother's work didn't stop at weaving – she took it a step further when she caught sight of her mother's old sewing machine.

Begay said her mother owned an old sewing machine that required pedaling with the feet and she remembers actually standing on it to make it function properly as she pushed different pieces of fabric through.

The first designs she recalls creating were on the bottom of her friend's bellbottoms where she would cut out the bottom and sew in native designs.

“Ever since then I've been weaving, sewing and crocheting,” Begay said.

Lucky for us she kept on going with her gift and now she can share her talents with us.

If you're in the Farmington, New Mexico area she does have dresses for sale at Novelty's Q-Tee, 222 W Main St, Farmington, NM 87401. Otherwise you'll have to contact her for a special order. According to the article, it takes three to five weeks for Begay to complete a dress order and three to five months for a rug dress order. Her dresses can cost anywhere from $30 to $875, the rug dresses being the most expensive. Not only does she have women's dresses but she has some pretty snazzy shirts and vests for the men too.

If you like what you see, feel free to reach her via her Facebook page: Traditional Authentic Native Designs by Irene Begay.

 


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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LINDA BASS

I just LOVE the red desk and it was very hard for me to choose one!

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Roberta Johnson

I’m looking for a plus size Pendleton pattern wedding dresse do you make them?

Geraldine Werito

Where are you located at? And us your store open ?

Roger Yazzie jr.

I was wonder if you made or make men’s 3xl tall vest? And do you happen to make ribbon shirts and velvet men shirts?? I would love to order some.

Adixon

She does make men’s attire.. u can check out her Facebook page .. Traditional authentic Native designs by Irene Begay.. u can order there online

Shanalyn

Hi , I’m looking for a mens traditional shirt size M for my 15 year old.
I do not have a FB page.

Paul G

Our classifieds use FB sorry. You can also try eBay.

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I enjoyed viewing all your beautiful dresses you are amazing lady wow!

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ReAnna Rose

I’m looking for a dress for graduation and I was wondering how much you charge…

shirlene mud

wow you make a lot of beautiful dresses honestly. I’m a senior at monument valley high school mustangs and I am looking for a dress for my graduation and prom. I hope this isn’t much asking for.

Esmeralda

hello. i just want to say that the dresses are amazing and would like to know how i could get one. id love to be able to get married in one of your beautiful dresses.

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