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Object #2006-13/1
Object nameRobe
Culture of OriginCoast Salish, Musqueam
TitleThe Mourning Star
Maker or ArtistDebra Sparrow, Robyn Sparrow
MaterialsWool, Sheep, Dye, Red, Black
TechniquesDyed, Twined
DimensionsW: 62 x 84 in, H: 46 x 58 in
Exhibit Label"In the Spirit of the Ancestors"-Robes like this are known as "nobility blankets" because they were worn by high-ranking Salish families who had the wealth to commission them. Sisters Debra and Robyn Sparrow have been leaders of the revival of Musqueam weaving. In the course of weaving this robe, the Musqueam community and the Sparrow family suffered a number of deaths, leading Debra and Robyn to call it a mourning blanket.
SourceMs. Debra Sparrow
CreditCommissioned from Robyn and Debra Sparrow

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