Blanket

About this object

History of use

The Salish Weavers Guild was inspired by the research of amateur anthropologist, Oliver Wells. Mr. Wells, a local farmer, spent quite a bit of time interviewing his Sto:lo neighbours about their history and cultural traditions, while making collections of cultural objects - many of which are now in the Chilliwack Museum. During the 1960s, Wells became especially interested in Salish loom weaving and, with the assistance of Mary Peters of Seabird Island, helped to organise a local guild which was based at Coqueleetza in Sardis BC. Weavers worked together to dye and spin wool. They made weavings on commission, or for sale.

Narrative

Sto:lo weaver Frieda George notes that this blanket was made in a tight weave that is typical of Mary Peters' style. The weaving has a 'Salish Weaving' tag on it, from the Salish Weavers Guild, which operated out of Sardis between 1971-1985, however the donor said she added the tag after purchasing it.

Cultural context

weaving; contemporary art

Physical description

Rectangular woven blanket. In the centre are five rows of green diamonds on white ground, separated by solid brown lines. Around the edges is a border alternating squares of orange-brown solid and black-white diagonal lines.