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Sash

Type: For Personal Adornment
Object Name: Sash
Local Name: ceinture flechée
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley
Period: Early to mid 19th century
Date: 1815 - 1850
Dimensions: L 196 cm x W 19 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Plaited; fringed
ID Number: T93.0145
Credit: Gift of Gerald Budner

Although this sash appears woven, it is actually plaited using a finger-weaving technique that is widespread in the Americas, but unknown anywhere else in the world except Scandinavia. French settlers likely borrowed this technique from the Iroquois. Fur traders wore these sashes together with felt hats trimmed with ostrich feathers as they journeyed by canoe from Montreal to trade with the Iroquois and other First Nations people.