Festival du Voyageur 2009

Once again the Sashweaver attended the St Boniface, Winnipeg annual winter celebration, the Festival du Voyageur. The sash, an important article of clothing for the men who transported trade goods into and out of the Great White North in the days of the Fur Trade, the sash still holds significance to Canadians.
Snow sculptures at the entrance to Voyageur Festival Park depict voyageurs portaging their canoe, and the voyageurs always wear a sash

snow sculpture at the entrance to voyageur park

snow sculpture at the entrance to voyageur park

And another snow sculpture

Another snow sculpture, carved from a giant block of snow

Another snow sculpture, carved from a giant block of snow

I’ve been busy with fingerweaving workshops and demonstrations:

Basic fingerweaving workshop, participants create a 'friendship bracelet"

Basic fingerweaving workshop, participants create a 'friendship bracelet"

Stationed in the temporary museum at Festival Park, I talk with the public about weaving and other skills commonly practiced in the early 1800’s

weaving at Festival du Voyageur

weaving at Festival du Voyageur

Simple set up for illustrating the basic structure and technique

Simple set up for illustrating the basic structure and technique

Satisfied customers

Special order loomwoven sash

Special order loomwoven sash

sash specially woven for a re-inactor who depicts Métis life

sash specially woven for a re-inactor who depicts Métis life

Special order loomwoven sash
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