Jeweler Profile


Indigenous Princess is the mother-daughter contemporary skin sewing team of Shaaxsaani and Mercedes. They are inspired by the richness and utility of traditional materials and strive to bring an artful expression that speaks to ancestry in a modern world. Far more that just fashion, each Indigenous Princess piece is an expression of culture. The organic beauty of skins, furs, fangs, claws and shell next to the severity of a manufactured Swarovski crystal, or the unnatural luster of sterling chain is a textural combination that is a metaphor for the strength, vulnerability, and resilience of Native women. The chic aesthetic of these designs appeal to women from all kinds of backgrounds. Using materials such as sealskin and sea otter root Shaaxsaani and Mercedes solidly in Southeast Alaska and the styles they create are relevant to their culture while speaking to contemporary fashion and art. One of the unique aspects of their work is that it bridges ancient to modern, Native to non-Native. The pieces they make feel timeless. Trends are ever changing but the Tlingit spirit in these unique treasures embodies the legacy of indigenous beauty and innovation.








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