The Sash is a big part of the Metis and Voyager culture. The sash was used by the Métis as a practical item of clothing. It was decorative, warm and could be used to replace a rope if needed. The sash is one of the most recognized garments worn by the Métis. Traditionally, the sash was worn by men, but today it is worn by both genders either tied at the waist or draped across one shoulder. The sash comes in many different colour variations, in the past certain colours and patterns were used to identify specific families from various communities.
Traditionally a sash is made with a finger weaving technique that can take many years of practice before you get it just right so we came up with a simplified version that will only take you an afternoon to complete but still looks like you are portaging across Canada.
- Coloured wool (as many different colours as you like)
- Cut your wool into approx. 1 metre long lengths. We recommend using at least four different colours
- Take three strands of the same colour, fold in half then tie a knot in the middle, Do the same for each of the other colours. Cut the loops so you have a fringe on the end.
- Braid each group of six strands (two strands per braid section). When the braid is long enough to slip over your wrist, tie the braid off with a knot. Trim the excess wool, leaving enough to make a fringe (about 1 inch).
- Sew each of the braids together, by placing all four braid side by side and sewing through the middle of the braids.
- Sew the two ends of the bracelet together.
- Trim the fringe so that it’s all one length.
- You now have a bracelet that resembles a miniature Métis Sash.
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