Tuesday, November 3, 2009
What Is A Chilkat Blanket??
A chilkat blanket is a blanket is a blanket or robe that tells a story. The story is usually about the people in the tribe and their way of life. The stories were put on a "pattern board" which is just a normal piece of ply wood. The designs on the board were then transfered into the sewing of the tlingit people. The blanket is made out of four different things: mountain goat wool, cedar bark, commercial wool yarn and sometimes dog fur. The blanket consists of an array colors: red, blue, black and green. To change the colors the tlingits used the copper to change the color. The blanket was usually worn by shamans or chiefs.