This Blanket is designed to honor the Bear of the Pacific Northwest Coast. There are many online web sites that describe their interpretation of the meaning of different cultural symbols. www.quwutsun.ca/symbols.html says: "Each animal that we have in our culture has its own special meaning; we connect ourselves to these animals because they have similar symbolisms to our own personality" ~ " Bear symbolizes consistency and stability of action, has the ability to discover the inner truth about oneself, and has great self awareness, with a desire to deliberate about choices and actions." Search the web for sites that share these cultural meanings of the totems and many mythology legends involving the bear.
Native American Reproduction
Designed and Handloomed by Sharon Nani ~ a Non Native and owner of The Knit Tree
The Pacific Northwest Coast Art is applical to many Indian Nations ranging from Alaska to Northern California. This would include: Tlingit, Tahltan, Kaigani Haida, Nisga's, Gitksan, Haida, Haisla, Coast Tsimshian, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Oweekeno, Nuu-chah-nulth, Makah, Coast Salish, Tolowa, Yurok, and Wiyot.
The Art of the Pacific Northwest Indian Nations is a unique art style all of its own. The different graphic shapes are used to interpret different body parts and characteristics for each animal drawing dependant upon the region. These are harder to depict in a knitwear design where the sutle curves and definite lines must fit in smaller spaces with rectangular shaped knit stitches.
Common features which are used in the "Sitting Bear" are the black formline which defines all the parts. Inner designs of the head use the Ovoid for the eye orbit, crescents and trigons defining facial symbols. Split U shapes separate the head from the body. Follow the Bear's leg and foot shapes as seveal ovoids, split U's, trigons, and crescents surrounded by the black formline divide the legs from the rest of the body. Our Sitting Bear interpretation is sitting under a tree shaped trigon with three crescent leaves.
The edges of the blanket are bordered by a geometric PNW basket design of Pine Trees with Pine Cones.
- Pacific Northwest Coastal Art Style
- Inspired from the art of the Pacific Northwest Coast
- Hand Loomed for Quality Workmanship and Personal Care
- Double Bed Jacquard Fabric
- Main Design: Motif: Sitting Bear
Select Yarn Fiber under Options below:
Acrylic Yarn or Merino Wool Yarn
- photo is shown in Merino yarn fiber
Acrylic: Machine Wash Cold Water and Machine Dry Knit Cycle
Merino Wool: Hand Wash Cold Water Lay Flat to Dry
- Choose your two colors from the yarn chart, follow directions below for selecting colors. Then type your color choices in the text boxes below.
- Main Image on top is shown in Red and Black
- Size: approximately 38" wide by 62" long
Sizing varies slightly dependent upon the fiber, color and motif combinations
COLOR OPTIONS FOR BLANKETS
You can only make 'color substitutes for the template as pictured". Use Color Names from our Yarn Color Chart. The colors are different dependent upon your yarn fiber choice.
Refer to the the Merino Wool chart if you choose a Merino Yarn under OPTIONS
Click Here is see a View of the available Merino Wool color choices in our yarn chart with the color names
Refer to the Acrylic Yarn Chart if you choose an Acrylic Yarn
Click Here is see a View of the available Acrylic color choices in our yarn chart with the color names
The Photo used for our example:
- Color 1 is the Main or background color: Red in our sample
- Color 2 is : Black in our sample