MN-made gift idea: Makwa Studio scarves and hats

Minneapolis textile artist and designer Maggie Thompson makes clothing inspired by her Ojibwe heritage and the great outdoors.

This story is part of GoMN's 2017-18 Winter Guide.

Minneapolis-bred artist Maggie Thompson has been knitting since she was in fourth grade. After receiving her BFA in textiles from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, she launched Makwa Studio in Minneapolis in 2014. 

Makwa is pronounced "mukwa" and means bear in the Ojibwe language. Thompson says, "Makwa is not only passionate about creating high quality made goods but also how our work contributes to the discussion of contemporary Native art and fashion."

At her northeast Minneapolis studio, Thompson uses luxury yarns to create hand-loomed beanies, cowls, scarves, and tops. She crafts both solid-colored items and colorfully printed pieces inspired by her Native heritage. 

During the holiday season, Thompson suggests gifting her double-layer knit cowl to cold climate dwellers, while she suggests gifting her stylish beanies to those who might not endure winters as cold as Minnesota's. (Cowls and beanies cost $45-$92.)

Outside of Makwa, Thompson recommends buying and giving handcrafted goods from other local makers. Her top picks include hand-dyed apparel and accessories from Indigo and Snow, modern jewelry from the husband and wife design duo at Silvercocoon, Native-made beadwork and quillwork from Woodland Crafts, organic cotton scarves from Scarf Shop, and screen-printed goods from The Bitter Buffalo.

You can shop the full Makwa collection here, and follow Thompson on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up with her latest projects. 

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This story is part of GoMN's 2017-18 Winter Guide.

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