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: Apr 19, 2010

Posted by Michelle Beauvais, artisane du tressage

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Ceinture fléchée tressée avec les doigts au Nord est des Amériques et au Québec autour de 1850. La technique du tressage plat à simple épaisseur est empruntée aux Premières nations et adaptée par les colons français. Le design standardisé est attribué à la région de l'Assomption. Collection privée.

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