Episode 2 Sage Mountainflower

"To be able to be a fashion designer, not only is it my future, it's creating a future for my kids," says Sage Mountainflower. Sage is a beadwork artist and Indigenous fashion designer whose clothing line inspires confidence and Indigenous pride.
Apr 18, 2024 — 1 min read

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Sage Mountainflower is a beadwork artist and Indigenous fashion designer based in Albuquerque.

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Only In Albuquerque: Rooted

Only In Albuquerque: Rooted

Only In Albuquerque highlights five Indigenous-owned businesses, where each entrepreneur explores how culture and heritage shape their work. By supporting their people, these Indigenous entrepreneurs drive the progress they set out to achieve.

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Sage Mountainflower: Brown is the earth, brown is the home, blue is the water, the sky. It goes back to my culture. There's colors for everything in this world and bringing it all together in a creation. It's everything.

A lot of my clothing promote confidence, beauty, and being proud of who we are as Indian people. That pride of who I am came from my parents. Bead work, my mom did. My aunties did. They never thought I was watching them, but I was. It wasn't until I had my kids where it became important for me to be able to participate in our ceremonies. My sons are like my pride and joy and so I really want them to look good. My daughters too. We want them in the best outfits.

The reality is I was always proud of who I am. I always wanted my kids to be proud of who they are and always wear that with pride. I've learned to merge everything, to be who I am, to be able to be a fashion designer. Not only is it my future, it's creating a future for my kids, but now my name's a brand. It's emotional for me. When I finally put what I create onto somebody else to see their confidence come out every single time when they put those clothes on, it's amazing. 

The fashion show part puts life into what I created. It's happening. The models are coming and you're just like, oh man, and I think that makes it extra special for me. We don't express that all the time. How beautiful we are as Indian people, as just people in general, and I think that's important. Indigenous fashion is my future. If you like it, I hope you wear it with pride too.

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