This sash looks woven, but is actually plaited using a finger-weaving technique that is widespread in the Americas, yet mostly unknown elsewhere. 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 to trade with First Nations peoples.

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Do you have a ceinture flechée – where did it come from?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by John Huculiak

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My grand-mère gave this to me.

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