Ceinture fléchée (sash) - ROM2008_9771_6


Ceinture fléchée (sash)

Medium:Wool, finger-woven with braided fringe
Geography: Quebec, Canada
Date: mid 19th century
339 x 20 cm
Object number: 948.57.12
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. E.R. Rolph
Not on view
DescriptionThe plaiting technique of interlacing and linking threads that turn to make a change in colour is unique to North America. It was developed by the First Nations and was then adapted for use by early French settlers. The plaited sash became an iconic symbol of the French Canadian voyageur and habitant, and was a trade item carried by the Hudson’s Bay Company. It is also called an Assomption sash, after the cottage industry which sprang up in L’Assomption, Quebec.
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