swəw̓q̓ʷaʔɬ (Blanket)

About this object

History of use

Modern interpretation of a two-hundred year old Salish robe. The original may have been used as a chief's robe.


Woven at MOA on a Salish blanket loom from the MOA collection (ID# A8199). The pattern was inspired by a two hundred year old Salish weaving in the collection of the National Museum of Finland (VK-1) which was borrowed by MOA for the exhibition "The Fabric of Our Land" (July 2017 to May 2018). The weaving was finished and removed from the loom on August 22, 2018 during a small ceremony, which included some descendants of the Bartleman family because of their connection to the loom.

Cultural context

Contemporary weaving.

Specific techniques

Made of hand-dyed and hand-spun sheep wool; woven on a floor-standing blanket loom.

Physical description

Weaving; the background is natural off-white wool. The design features a box created by a black and off-white checkerboard pattern with some brown-yellow within. This box is bordered by brown-red checkerboard with two black lines across the top, and three black lines across the bottom. Within the box, a series of horizontal bands with triangles and zigzags. Between the bands is a grid of four by four small sections of bold zigzag designs with small natural off-white sections in between (three by three). The loops along the top of the blanket are shorter than those along the bottom.