Chilkat Art

Originating from the Gitxsan, Chilkat art is now lovingly created by the Tsimshian, Haida, Tlingit, Gitxsan and other Indigenous peoples. The Chilkat robes made it to other nations via trade and marriage. The original robes were made from approximately 8 pounds of goat fur which was then hand rolled with cedar. This created a sturdy garment that would prove to last generation upon generation. Each robe can take about 9 months to 2.5 years to make. Today, the Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver number below 50 and this is an art that is at risk of becoming extinct. 

I am afraid to describe this art as it might be copied by appropriators and culture vultures - as much of our art is stolen already. I will say that the beautiful squares and dots do have meaning and this art is very Sacred indeed. 

The chilkat art style is also being recreated by foreign companies and sold for profit - culturally appropriated. Please be sure you are buying this art form created and made by an Indigenous person/company.

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