Wall Hanging

About this object

History of use

The Musqueam, and other Coast Salish peoples, come from a long tradition of weaving. Although contemporary weavers weave for a variety of reasons, several of the weavers at Musqueam have expressed that their weaving enables them to connect with their ancestors and at the same time leave a cultural legacy for future generations. Many weave primarily for personal use and for gifts to family and friends, while others weave as a profession and sell their work to art dealers and museums. In recent years, Musqueam weavers have also received commissions from large corporations, such as Paramount Studios and the Vancouver Airport.


This weaving was woven on the same loom, using the same warps, as Lynn Dann's weaving (Nbz856). The loom was warped without a third bar so that the two different weavings could be created on one loom, and then cut off.

Cultural context

contemporary art; weaving

Specific techniques

Wool was spun and dyed by the weaver. Continuous warping on a two bar loom was used. It was woven with double strand twining, with tabby weave to create the triangles.

Physical description

Wall hanging woven in red, black, grey and off-white s-spun wool. The warps are an off-white colour and are braided at the top of the weaving to create a finished edge. The warp ends at the bottom create a fringe. The weaving is done with double strand twining, and tabby weave is used in many places to create various geometric shapes and zigzags. The weaving begins with a series of stripes, that are repeated in reverse order at the bottom of the weaving. The first stripe is black, the next red, followed by a narrow white stripe, then grey, then narrow white again. A band of alternating red and black blocks follows, then another narrow white stripe. In the centre of the weaving there are five rows of geometric designs, which are bordered at the sides of the weaving by vertical columns of black wool with red zigzags (stacked diamond shapes) in the centre.