There is along tradition of weaving bags and basket on the Northwest Coast. There fabulous designs feature displays of rectangles, squares, diamonds and triangles on these compelling woven works shows a rare sophistication in the command of pattern. A major difference between the cornhusk bags and other woven work is that the satchels have different patterns on each of their two sides.
Cornhusk bags - the warp is hemp, the weft is twine, wrapped with cornhusk - probably originated among the Shahaptin and Salish peoples. These are Indian tribes who until the late 19th century inhabited the Columbia River plateau, from the Rocky Mountains west to the Cascades, from the Columbia River north to British Columbia, an area that now includes parts of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Southern British Columbia. As gatherers and hunters, the Indians of the plateau needed strong, flexible containers to transport and store roots, berries and fish, their basic foods. They wove vessels of a variety of grasses, barks and roots - whatever they could lay their hands on.Nobody knows when they began using cornhusk, but the material proved most successful esthetically and functionally. The fiber responds beautifully to vegetable and analine dyes; it is strong, durable and makes these bags virtually waterproof. Weaving such a tough fiber is, however, difficult and time consuming. The women who became masters of the craft made these bags for their own use, worn slung around their waists or carried by hand, or as gifts to presen.
From turn-of- the-century photographs in the exhibition we discover that women wore these bags proudly as part of their finest outfits, and that men appeared in ceremonial attire wearing them, too. Please check out other current offerings including a great Tlingit, Haida argillite and Kwakiutl totem poles and some great early Inuit carvings. More than just a pretty picture. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates.
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