My Métis sash

November 11th, 2013, 6pm

It was -12°C with scattered clouds. The breeze was gentle.

L’Assomption Sash, which originated in Quebec, according to the Canadian First Peoples website, is the most recognizable part of the Metis dress. The sash is a true symbol of the people. In the beginning the sash was used mainly by the voyageurs in the fur trade and became a popular trade for the Hudson Bay Company, the North West Company and the Western Metis. They were hand woven, brightly colored wool with fringed edges. This 3 meter work of art was wrapped around the Mid-section to keep their coat closed or hold belongings. According to the FPC website, the sashes were first used as back supports for the voyageurs in the canoes. I found this to be very interesting, as they also spoke of the fringes being used as thread for sewing emergencies.

This is my Metis sash, it was given to me by the Manitoba Metis Association when I first moved to Manitoba to attend school. The MMF sponsored me for schooling and gave me a Metis sash during my first year here. It has always been a symbol to me, and although I have had it for nearly 15 years, I hardly ever wear it…. maybe I should.

Shelley, David Wade and Barb said thanks.

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Kelly Barr

I have been married for 15 years and am the mother of 2 small children. I grew up in BC but now live in Northern Manitoba to fight the winters and the mosquitoes!

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