Salish wool weaving exhibit at Orcas Center

  • Sat May 25th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by the Orcas Center arts committee.

The Visual Arts Committee at Orcas Center is hosting members of the Squamish Nation of British Columbia, Canada, for the art exhibit in the month of June. The main focus will be the Salish Wool Weaving tradition, which has been reclaimed by the tribe’s community in a major way. In the words of Chief Janice George, “I see this as a responsibility and am passionate about reclaiming this art.”

There is an opening reception on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The weavers will introduce their art and creative process at 6 p.m.

Robes and blankets are of major importance in the Salish Culture. Wearing a robe gives strength, focus and a feeling of calmness to the wearer.

“We are taught spiritual protection is part of what we are wearing and feel the love that is put into each hand movement it takes to make the robe,” according to Chief Janice.

The exhibit will include a large collection of beautiful robes, shawls and wall hangings woven with the inspiration of many spiritual, cultural and scholarly mentors in the hope of reclaiming this important traditional art.

There will be a wool wall-hanging workshop on Saturday, June 1, from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Orcas Center, Madrona Room. Participants will learn techniques to create a Salish-style woven wall-hanging. They will have use of looms and tools, and the wool will be provided. The cost is $125 and includes instruction and materials.

Preregistration and payment is required. Go to the and click on the link to “weaving workshops.” For any additional information about the show, contact Rick Jones at