||"Shining a New Light on an Ancient
Tradition" truly captures Crane's approach to handwoven
fashions for a modern era. Utilizing the time-honored garments
of the native peoples of the American Southwest and Mexico
as a starting point, Crane has employed luxurious 21st century
fibers to create contemporary wearable art.
|The rectangular Poncho and the triangular
poncho known as the quechquemitl are the basis of Crane's
luxurious Q-Poncho and his even
more versatile Abrazo. Handwoven
mohair fabric hand brushed on the loom has a fur-like finish
while the lighter weight rayon version possesses a unique
movement and grace. Both varieties are finished with the
traditional fringe which guarantees the celebratory nature
of all of Crane's work.
||A theme of celebration runs through all
of Crane's handwoven works of art, especially his Ultimate
Cocktail Poncho, an extraordinary adaptation of the
Native American Poncho. It was first created as a chasuble
for religious services and awarded the First Place Award
for Religious Art in America at the 1980 Forum on Religion,
Art and Architecture in Washington D.C. This celebratory
garment (one of which now resides in the Vatican Collections
in Rome) has blossomed into a serious fashion statement
for the secular world of the 21st Century.
|The Outrageous Long
Scarf is a fashion accessory for both men and women.
These scarves are meant to be worn for display as well as
warmth. They make a definite "announcement" of
your presence in much the same way as the battle banners
and shield patterns of certain historical periods visually
announced an individual's identity.