Melissa Lewis-Barnes (Dine (Navajo))

About the Artist

Melissa specializes in creating extraordinary, custom, handmade hats, incorporating her Navajo and cowboy heritage. She does the entire process, from design to tailor-fitting to hand-building her creations. She starts with the finest beaver fur felt that requires hours of ironing and sanding to obtain a velvet smooth finish. She hand-sews the fine details and then finishes off her wearable pieces of art with her own beaded hatbands and handpainted designs. Truly unique.

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