Hill's Native Art | FD184

Canadian First Nations Cowchin Cardigan Sweater, Thunderbird Design

This cardigan is the real deal for cold weather cool.
Approx. Size: Please check measurements below
Condition: Very good, beading is intact. One...

  • This cardigan is the real deal for cold weather cool.
    Approx. Size: Please check measurements below
    Condition: Very good, beading is intact. One small stain on the lining. Not noticeable when worn.
    Mark/Label: Cavanagh's St. Thomas Virgin Islands
    One of kind - Get it before it's gone

    • Authentic First Nations Cowchin Cardigan Sweater.
    • Front metal zipper closure.
    • Cream, Tan and Brown with a Thunderbird design.
    • Shawl collar.
    • Ribbed wrists and bottom.
    • 100% raw wool.
    • Unisex Design.
    • Heavy sweater for extremely cold weather.
    • Handwash, lay flat to dry.

    The Cowichan sweater is a garment created in North America with a distinctly patterned design knitted out of bulky-weighted yarn. It originated during the  19th century among the Cowichan, a Coast Salish people, British Columbia. Each sweater has a unique design, thickness, size, and shape.  All of the sweaters are made from bulky home-spun wool that is unprocessed — one of the key features that distinguish a genuine from an imitation. All sweaters are knit in a tubular fashion using two or three natural wool colors, including white, blackish-brown and grey. They also include a shawl-style collar and a v-neck with extra folded fabric on the back of the neck.  

    The Thunderbird is a mythical creature that is said to be the dominating force of nature.

    Approximate Measurements Taken Flat (cm):
    Shoulders: 18" (45.5)
    Bust/Chest: 21" (53)
    Bottom Hem: 21" (53)
    Length – Center Back: 24” (61)
    Sleeve: 21 (53)
    Wrist: 4 - 5.5" (10 - 14)


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