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Mat creaser - ROM2005_5307_2

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ROM2005_5307_2

Mat creaser

Maker: Nuu-chah-nulth
Medium:Wood
Geography: Clo-oose, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 19th-early 20th century
Dimensions:
5.9 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
Object number: 939.31.37
Credit Line: George T. Emmons Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionMat creasers are used in the sewing of cattail mats. The leaves of the cattail are threaded onto a long, triangular-shaped needle. The grooved edge of the creaser is used to crimp the leaves around the needle. The crimping forms an opening in the leaves through which a cord is pulled as the needle is withdrawn. The leaves are sewn together in this manner at regular intervals along the mat’s length.
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