Remember that sash I was privileged to view at George Washington’s Mount Vernon last September?
Well, thanks to funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council, and the superbe cooperation of the Mount Vernon curatorial staff, and silk from Treenway’s, I’m ready to get started on a replica.
The first step is to dye the silk to the right color.
It came to me on cones. I am using an inkle loom as a frame to wind my skeins for dying.
Silk needs to be thoroughly wet before dying. Here it goes into an enamel pot for 24 hours.
Carol acknowledges that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. Carol also acknowledges that sprang is part of many indigenous traditions and found in various forms all over the world. Let us re-discover this technique together.
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