08 February, 2013

Cedar Bark Hats article

I am reading a stack of secondhand Wild Fibers and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot magazines.  They're great, if you can get over feeling insignificant because you are not herding yaks in remote places and promoting your artwork to galleries.  I copied out several quotes defining art, design, and craft.

There was an article on harvesting, processing, and using cedar bark for fibre, Carol Ventura's "An Ongoing Haida Tradition: Cedar Bark Hats," Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Spring 2002, p. 40-45.

Cedar bark is a topic I've paid attention to previously because it is a naturally-occuring fibre source on Vancouver Island (where I'm from) that is used for clothing and I am interested in local fibre, what is around that can be utilized.  I am more concerned with flexible cloth, though.  This article presented the fibre used un-spun for the stiff hats I associate with the traditional dress of the Nuu-chah-nulth and Haida.

Over Christmas I got to read most of Edlin's Woodland Crafts in Britain and was surprised there were references to various wood fibres commonly twisted and used for cordage and clothing.  When I was in school, bark cloth was presented as peculiar to First Nations culture.  Presented as entirely peculiar, really.  Not according to Edlin.

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