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Posted by Ben Crudo on

YUPPP! COWICHAN SWEATERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE @ FRANK !! Tons of history behind these amazingly warm sweaters! so I thought I would do a little research and share what I found. Thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans, to battle the harshness of the North American coastal winters, the Coast Salish women had established a strong tradition of weaving woollen and cedar clothing for their families. Pre-European, and primarily before the easy access to domestic sheep wool, the Salish women wove clothing and blankets using the hair of a now extinct breed of small wool dog, mixed with mainland mountain goat wool, and goose down. The raw wool is hand washed, hand teased, hand carded, and finally hand spun. These important steps by hand help to preserve all of the natural oils that are found in the wool; making them water and stain resistant, and perfect for the Northwest Coast winters. Like the traditional woven blankets before them, the clothing that these Coast Salish women knit have had a great economic importance in North America, and steps have been taken to preserve the authenticity of the coast salish knitting. The Salish knitting is a very old traditional art form; and over the decades these hand knitted sweaters have become well known for their beauty and expert craftsmanship. The Coast Salish Indian knitting represents historically the extraordinary resourcefulness, creativity, and adaptability of the women of the Coast Salish Tribes.This beautiful art form is still used culturally in the winter dances of the Coast Salish longhouses, and it can be seen worn by people from all walks of life, including... F ASIN FRANK FASHION TEAM!!!!

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